- Testing procedures that involve piercing skin.
- Contact with infectious patient e.g. TB patient.
- Health effects such as poisoning, allergies, dermatitis, cancer or effects on the unborn child.
- Exposure to cryogenic chemicals, cytotoxins, antibiotics especially during formulation procedures (blending / compounding), drug reconstitution and mixing but also during handling, disposal and administration.
- Use of disinfectants and detergents.
- Inappropriate or lack of use of engineering controls and PPE.
- Improper practices during drug preparation.
- Contact with latex consumables e.g. use of powdered latex gloves.
- Electric shock.
- Faulty equipment.
- No or poor maintenance of equipment.
- Improper use of equipment.
- Overloading of sockets.
- Pain in neck, back or arms.
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as carpel tunnel syndrome.
- Repetitive movements during dispensing, opening and closing bottle lids or crushing or cutting tablets.
- Over reaching.
- Awkward postures.
- Poor product or stock placement.
- Poor table or bench height.
- Poor workstation or equipment set up e.g. computer.
- Use of heat sealers.
- Lack of equipment maintenance.
- Genetic effects.
- Reproductive effects.
- Exposure to diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals.
- Increased vulnerability in event of an incident such as a robbery.
- Use of scalpels, scissors, knives or lancets.
- Handling of packaging.
- Broken glassware.
Slips, Trips and Falls
- Physical injury ranging from minor cuts to more serious injuries such as broken bones.
- Poor housekeeping.
- Trailing cables due for example to insufficient electrical sockets resulting in use of extension leads
Violence and Aggression
- Physical and / or psychological effects.
- Dealing with aggressive members of the public.
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Note: This is not an exhaustive list of hazards and risks.