Hospitals, nursing homes and other health-related institutions are full of occupational hazards for nurses, as are the homes of patients they visit. Here are some of the hazards faced by nurses on a daily basis.
Accident hazards for nurses
In addition to the ever-present risk of accidents at work involving slips, trips and falls, manual handling accidents and injuries by sharps and needle-sticks, hazards for nurses also include:
- Aggression and violence (especially when working alone during late shifts)
- Work-related stress
- Occupational dermatitis (typically caused by over- or under-use of gloves)
- Long working hours and shift work
- Exposure to surgical smoke (generated by lasers or diathermy)
- Exposure to dangerous pathogens
Pathogen-related hazards for nurses
Pathogens likely to infect nurses as a result of significant skin contact (with infected patients) or accidental contact with blood, other body fluids or body parts, waste (urine, faeces or vomit) or infectious aerosols (water droplets, dusts, coughs and sneezes) include, for example:
- Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
- Haemorrhagic colitis
- Hepatitis A, B and C
- Viral gastroenteritis
Health industry employers, like employers in any other industry, have a duty of care to protect nurses against work accidents and other occupational health risks. This duty of care requires them to evaluate the hazards for nurses, conduct risk assessments and take the necessary steps to minimise the risk of injuries at work or work-related illnesses.
Breach of duty
If an employer is in breach of his duty of care, any nurse injured in a work-related accident or diagnosed with a work-related disease as a result of this breach could be entitled to work injury compensation.
Should this be the case for you and you sustained your injury at work or were diagnosed with an occupational illness within the past 36 months, our in-house work injury claim specialists can help you get your compensation quickly and with as little ado as possible.
Operating in the claim industry since the year 2000, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with an impeccable track record in securing suitable industrial injury compensation for people just like you. See how we can assist you by dialling 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or 0800 689 0500 from your telephone and having a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of our helpful advisors today. Alternatively, you can contact us by completing our website’s 30-second test.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown