The Work Environment, Volume II: Healthcare, Laboratories & Biosafety focuses on contemporary issues and the potential occupational hazards facing healthcare and scientific professions today. The book covers important topics such as the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and how to comply, the resurgence of tuberculosis and how to protect against it, good work practices in any laboratory (including biosafety concepts, levels, and controls), how to respond to spills in the laboratory, medical waste disposal, and how to comply with the Laboratory Safety Standard. Occupational health hazards in the dental office are addressed, including chemical, biological, radiological, and ergonomic hazards. The book also discusses ventilation as a control tool in the laboratory and presents practical and design examples.
Introduction. Photo and Biography. Contributors. LABORATORY AND CLINICAL ENVIRONMENTS. The Laboratory Safety Standard (George Marshall). Working with Biohazards (Art Brings). Research Laboratory Ventilation Systems (Neil Hawkins and Stan Lengerich). EXPOSURES TO HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, HBV and HIV (Marc Gomez). Tuberculosis: Resurgence and Control (Fred Horn). Occupational Health Hazards in the Dental Office (Audra Gomez and Marc Gomez). LABORATORY SPILLS AND MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL. Spills in Laboratories (Tom Cuthel). Medical Waste Disposal (John Marchese). EXTENSIVE GLOSSARY. APPENDICES. A: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 29 CFR 1910.1450. B: "Recommendations for Prevention of HIV Transmission in Health-Care Settings," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Supplement, August 21, 1987, Vol. 36, No. 2-S. C: "Recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B Virus to Patients during Exposure-Prone Invasive Procedures," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July 12, 1991, Vol. 40, No. RR-8. D: Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; Final Rule, 29 CFR 1910.1030. E: "Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings with Special Focus on HIV-Related Issues," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, December 7, 1990, Volume 39, No. RR-17. Index.