11/14/2003

New Guidance on How to Control the Risks Posed From Infections at Work

The UK Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) published a new health
and safety guidance on how to control the risks posed from infections at work,
as part of the European Week for Safety and Health 13 -18 October 2003.

This guidance is aimed at providing employers from a wide range of industries
with the information and skills needed to assess, understand and control the
infection risks to their staff arising from work activities. The guidance is
aimed at all workers but will be especially useful to those who may not
specifically work with biological agents, but who may be incidentally exposed
to biological agents during the course of their work, such as farmers, refuse
workers and cleaners.

The guidance includes details of how employers need to go about assessing the
risks in their workplace. It also introduces a number of potential control
measures that can be put into place to mitigate the risk. This includes the
provision of ‘example’ risk assessments. The guidance also provides
information on the most common forms of infection that can be countered in the
workplace.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work