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Every year, many lives are lost due to the spread of infections in hospitals. Health care workers can take steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Identifying hazards that could potentially compromise patient care and implementing proper controls to reduce risk and minimize the impact of hazards created by renovation, demolition and new construction activities. Those projects could impact infection control, air or water quality, utility and equipment requirements, noise and vibration.
Healthcare workers are occupationally exposed to many infectious diseases during the performance of their normal duties. The delivery of healthcare services requires a broad range of workers, such as physicians, nurses, technicians, and clinical laboratory workers, first responders, building maintenance, security and administrative personnel. Since, healthcare workers have many different tasks or work in different parts of the facility each employee will be exposed to different infectious agents and in different amounts.