If you work with animals on a daily basis or you are exposed to environments, which are home to wild or domestic animals, you may be at risk of developing certain animal diseases.
Health and safety measures and policies are in place to protect people who work with animals from developing diseases and prevent them from suffering injuries or accidents at work; there are also measures to reduce the risk of the public contracting infectious diseases from animals.
How to stay safe from animal diseases
Sometimes, contact with animals can have a negative impact on human health. Diseases that can be passed from animals to humans are known as zoonoses; there are many different types of zoonotic disease and some are much more serious than others. Some of the better-known examples include E.coli 0157 and Cryptosproidium parvum.
In most cases, carrying strains of bacteria does not cause any harm; however, if you come into contact with a contaminated animal or their faeces, this can result in illness. Symptoms in humans can range from mild stomach upset and diarrhoea to serious problems, including kidney failure.
If you own or manage a farm, zoo or any other form of business or workplace which involves contact with animals, there are certain safety precautions you should take to protect workers from work-related illnesses and infections; these include:
- providing all members of staff with training and educating them about hygiene measures and how to handle a breakout of infection
- providing antibacterial hand wash and encouraging regular hand washing using soap and water
- provide dedicated areas for eating and drinking
- provide washing facilities
- consider taking action, such as sectioning off part of a farm or zoo, or closing it down to prevent an outbreak of disease
- ensure that you have the relevant knowledge and support to spot warning signs and act on them quickly
Claiming compensation for an accident at work
If you’ve been injured at work or have suffered from a work illness and you were not at fault, work accident compensation could help to cover any loss of earnings or medical costs you incur. If you can prove that your work injuries occurred as a result of negligence on the part of your employer or circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for a work injury compensation payout.
Call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24-hour Freephone number on 0800 689 0500, or log on to the website to take the swift 30-second eligibility test to find out more.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice