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Hazardous medicinal products (HMPs) are pharmaceutical substances that can cause harm to human health or the environment if not handled or used appropriately. For the purpose of this article, HMPs are defined as medicinal products that contain one or…
Providing economically sustainable and high-quality healthcare services through the maintenance of a healthy and resilient workforce is a key priority for countries everywhere[1],[2],[3]. This is challenging as the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed new, and…
The Service Voucher scheme, introduced by the Law of 20 July 2001 aims to promote the development of local services and jobs, such as cleaning the home, ironing, shopping, etc. In practical terms, individuals may use Service Vouchers to pay an approved…
The health care sector is large, employing around 10% of workers in the European Union [1]. The health and social work sector is the sector with the largest rise in employment between 2009 and 2017 with over 2.6 million new jobs[2]. Hospitals are the…
Sharps and needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles and other sharp medical instruments (e.g. scalpel, blades and scissors) that accidentally puncture or cut the skin. Sharps and needles may only cause small wounds in the skin, but the effects…
Musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs are the leading cause of work-related health problems in the healthcare sector. The effects for staff, organisations and society include sickness absence, injuries and disability, increased costs, higher employee…