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New help to tackle infection risks at work

HSE InfoLine : 02 May, 2006  (New Product)
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens today published 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.
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens today published 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.

The guidance aims to clearly explain to employers their legal duties under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, which includes how to produce risk assessments and identify potential hazards in the workplace.

The ACDP is a group of experts who advise the Health and Safety Commission and health and agriculture Ministers. Their new guidance provides information on the nature, sources and transmission of infections, as well as possible control measures such as hand washing and the provision of appropriate protective clothing.

Dr Jim Neilson, Head of the Biological Agents and GMO unit at HSE and Secretary to the ACDP, said: '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.'
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