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NIOSH Seeks Insights From Healthcare Workers On Chemical Health, Safety Practices
March 11, 2011, 10:32 am
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) invites healthcare personnel to participate voluntarily in an online survey about health and safety practices in working with hazardous chemicals on the job. The survey is open until March 26, 2011.

The voluntary survey can be accessed at<>

You will be asked for an organization key which is: HCWS

Individual responses will be kept confidential, and no personal identifiers will be recorded. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Results of the survey will help NIOSH better understand the extent to which healthcare personnel may be exposed to chemical agents such as antineoplastic agents, anesthetic gases, surgical smoke, high level disinfectants, chemical sterilants, and aerosolized medications, and the circumstances of potential exposures. Results will also help NIOSH to better learn and understand current practices for reducing potential exposures, to identify gaps in current knowledge about those practices, and to design further research in collaboration with our partners for addressing those gaps.

“Safeguarding healthcare workers from potential occupational hazards is an essential part of providing good jobs for these dedicated men and women, and for furthering high-quality patient care,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “We look forward to a robust voluntary response to this survey. The results will help NIOSH and its partners design next steps in the research essential for addressing the workplace health and safety needs of this important and growing U.S. workforce.”

Information to help access the voluntary survey, if needed, is available from a toll-free Help Desk, 1-888-219-5667. For further information about the survey, contact the NIOSH Project Staff: Jim Boiano at<>, tel. (513) 841-4246, or Andrea Steege,<>, tel. (513) 841-4538.
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and death.  NIOSH has a strategic program of research to better identify, understand, and address potential safety and health hazards for the healthcare industry.  NIOSH also works with diverse partners to stimulate, design, and carry out research for the healthcare and social assistance sector under the National Occupational Research Agenda, NORA


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