In Nigeria, there is dearth of information about BMW handling practices and
Received Jun 30; Accepted Jan This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Background By profession, healthcare workers HCWs attend to clients and patients through a variety of preventive and curative services.
However, while their attention is focused on providing care, they are vulnerable to hazards that could be detrimental to their health and well-being.
This is especially true in developing countries where health service delivery is fraught with minimal protective precautions against exposures to numerous fomites and infectious agents.
Methods The study utilized a descriptive cross-sectional design and stratified sampling technique to identify respondents. Results The results showed that over half of the respondents were registered nurses, female, married Also, most respondents In addition, only In this study, the practice of hand washing by respondents was not influenced by occupation and education.
Conclusions The high level of knowledge demonstrated by respondents was at variance with practice, therefore, measures aimed at promoting safety practices and, minimizing exposure to hazards such as; provision of safety equipment, pre-placement and routine training of staff on safety practices and adequate reinforcement of staff capacity and capability through drills in all HCFs should be institutionalized and made mandatory.
The protocol of the safety training and drills should be responsive to evidence-based emerging and sectoral safety challenges.
Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article doi: Globally, HCFs employ over 59 million workers and offer variety of services to clients and patients, and are classified as hazardous and high risk work place [ 23 ]. Healthcare facilities like other high risk work places are characterized by a high level of exposure to hazardous agents, which significantly endangers the health and life of workers HCWs.
Occupational safety is the control of hazards in the work place to achieve an acceptable level of risk, while workplace safety generally refers to the process of protecting the health and safety of staff while on the job, irrespective of vocation [ 67 ].
Occupational health and safety is an important issue because of high rates of associated morbidity and mortality of exposed workers. An estimatedpeople die from occupational illnesses, while aboutnew cases of occupational diseases are diagnosed every year [ 89 ]. This affects workers in various occupations as a result of their exposure to different types and varying degrees of hazards in the workplace.
However, studies indicate that workers in the farming, general contracting, steel, automobile, truck driving and nursing sectors have the highest risk of exposure to high risk occupational hazards [ 9 ].
In discharging their statutory duties, HCWs may be exposed to hazards which significantly impair their health and quality of life, with multiplier effect on their immediate and extended family members.
Thus, HCWs need protection from workplace hazards as much as the staff in other high risk workplaces such as mining or construction works.Workers who waste their work hours shopping online, emailing friends, surfing the web, hanging out on Facebook, or finding other ways to occupy company time .
Morale and Attitude Spirit of workers based on willingness, confidence, discipline, and cheerfulness to perform work or tasks can be lowered due to a variety of issues, including increased conflicts, disputes, excessive hazards, overtime, over-inspection, multiple contract changes, disruption of work.
A quasi-experimental study was performed on 20 technicians working in the Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt. The knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of laboratory technicians was measured before and two months after enrolling them in an intervention programme about laboratory best practice procedures.
A hospital-based cross-sectional study was carried out between March and September to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of hospital staff regarding biomedical waste management. Of private nursing homes and clinics in Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India, 47 were selected by systematic random sampling.
Attitude towards occupational hazards and safety practices by respondents The summation of attitude revealed that most respondents (80 %) had positive attitude towards safety practices and prevention of occupational hazards. assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of health care workers regarding biomedical waste management.
The study was conducted in Army’s Base Hospital at Delhi Cantt which is a bedded busy multispecialty hospital with 86% bed occu-pancy and .