Nurse's Station

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Chemical Agents

Risk of:

  • Adverse health effects such as poisoning, allergies, dermatitis etc.
  • Robbery.

Possible causes:

  • Improper practices during drug preparation.
  • Exposure to antibiotics and drugs during handling and administration.
  • Unsecured drug storage.

Ergonomic Hazards

Risk of:

  • Pain in neck, back or arms.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as carpel tunnel syndrome.

Possible causes:

  • Poor workstation or computer set up.
  • Over reaching or stretching.

Electricity

Risk of:

  • Burns.
  • Electric shock.
  • Death.
  • Fire.

Possible causes:

  • Overloaded sockets.
  • Faulty electrics or insulation.
  • Taped cables.

Fire

Risk of:

  • Burns.
  • Smoke inhalation.
  • Death.

Possible causes:

  • Faulty equipment e.g. overheating.
  • Overloaded sockets.
  • Blocked fire exits.

Manual Handling

Risk of:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders.

Possible causes:

  • Lifting too heavy items.
  • Over reaching or stretching.
  • Lack of or unsuitable manual handling aids.
  • Failure to maintain manual handling aids.

Noise

Risk of:

  • Annoyance.
  • Distraction.
  • Stress.

Possible causes:

  • Noisy equipment such as photocopiers, ventilation system, call bells.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Risk of:

  • Minor injuries such as cuts to major injuries such as broken bones, concussion and even death.

Possible causes:

  • Trailing cables.
  • Worn or torn flooring.

Stress

Risk of:

  • Psychological disorders.
  • Health effects.
  • Burnout.

Possible causes:

  • Poor work organisation.
  • Contact with terminal cases and their families.
  • Feeling of personal responsibility.
  • Shift work.
  • Time pressure.
  • Excessive work load.
  • Combative residents.
  • Role ambiguity.
  • Poor management ability.
  • Inadequate resources e.g. staffing levels.
  • High or unrealistic patient expectations.
  • Bullying.

Working at Height

Risk of:

  • Fall resulting in physical injury.

Possible causes:

  • Lack of or inappropriate access equipment for retrieving files or equipment at height.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of hazards and risks.