Perspectives on pandemics and infection prevention and control in the workplace

Ross, M.H., and Leggat, P.A. (2022) Perspectives on pandemics and infection prevention and control in the workplace. Occupational Health Southern Africa, 28 (1). pp. 11-17.

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Abstract

This century, we have experienced pandemics of numerous novel and re-emerging infectious agents. Each of these pandemics has taught us, to a greater or lesser extent, that the public health threat becomes an occupational threat when health and other workers are exposed to infected people through contact or vectors. The first necessity for infection prevention and control in the workplace is a global and national political commitment. The hierarchy of control may be difficult to apply in infectious disease outbreaks, and prevention and control of workplace infection cannot be considered in isolation. Prevention is largely dependent on measures such as immunisation and chemoprophylaxis, when applicable, and personal protective equipment (PPE). A One Health model should also be considered in addressing pandemics.

Item ID: 72547
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2226-6097
Keywords: occupational infectious diseases, public health, pandemics
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 00:23
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420209 Occupational epidemiology @ 30%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420605 Preventative health care @ 70%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200412 Preventive medicine @ 70%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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