- Infection e.g. Legionnaires' disease, CJD, Blood Borne Viral diseases.
- Exposure to contaminated medical instruments e.g. via needlestick or sharp injury or contact with contaminated instruments.
- Mould growth due to high humidity levels.
- Environmental exposure via ventilation or water systems.
- Health effects such as respiratory problems, allergies or dermatitis.
- Disinfectants and detergents.
- Dust and fibres.
- Ethylene oxide gas and mercury.
- Latex consumables.
- Nickel and chrome whilst handling or cleaning medical instruments.
- Use of flammable gases.
- Appropriate PPE.
- Equipment unsuitable for use in damp or wet environment.
- Contact of equipment with water.
- Faulty equipment.
- Overloading of sockets.
- Unsafe work practices.
- Physical injury.
- Handling or sorting hot sterilised items or sharp instruments.
- Exposure to hot objects or steam during sterilisation.
- Lack of appropriate PPE such as gloves.
- Inadequate maintenance or inappropriate use of high pressure equipment such as autoclaves.
- Pain in back, hands or arms.
- Standing for long periods of time.
- Repetitive motions such as reaching or stretching.
- Bending over sinks.
- Poor workstation / computer design or set up.
- Musculoskeletal disorders.
- Carrying or lifting heavy loads.
- Pushing or pulling overloaded trolleys.
- Hearing damage or loss.
- Physiological effects.
- Work related stress.
- Increased risk of accidents.
- Prolonged exposure to noisy equipment.
Non Ionising Radiation
- Heating / skin burns.
- Eye damage - cataracts.
- Exposure to sharp items or equipment.
Slips,Trips & Falls
- Minor injuries such as cuts to major injuries such as broken bones, concussion and even death.
- Slippery or wet floors.
- Trailing cables.
- Poor housekeeping.
- High temperature and humidity.
- Heat from steam / hot water.
- Handling and using aqueous solutions for long periods of time.
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Note: This is not an exhaustive list of hazards and risks.