Hazards of the health care sector: Looking beyond infectious disease

Melissa A. McDiarmid

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Background Possessing every hazard class, the health care sector poses significant health threats to its workforce in both high-resource settings and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Objectives The aim of this paper was to examine the applicability of the classical hierarchy of hazard control technologies in resource-constrained health care settings. Methods Using a biologic and chemical hazard example, the hazard control hierarchy was applied for risk mitigation. Findings Even when resource constraints force a reordered selection of hazard control elements, risk reduction can be achieved across a variety of hazard classes. Conclusion For LMICs with limited resources, the hazard control hierarchy can be effectively employed, although the selection of methods may be reordered, to achieve significant hazard control. Such prevention strategies can thereby strengthen and sustain a critical pillar of the health system, its workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Global Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • global health care sector
  • health and safety
  • occupational health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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