Checking podiatry clinics for bioaerosol exposures

By: Bug Control  05-Apr-2012

Yes, there are occupational hazards for caregivers working on feet.

A study done by Irish researchers and appearing in the January 23 issue  Annals of Occupational Hygiene surveyed 250 podiatrist clinics to assess personal exposure knowledge and conducted tests in 15 podiatry clinics for concentrations of airborne bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and molds.

Gloves (73.3%) and respiratory protective equipment (34.6%) were the most common personal protective equipment used during patient treatments.

“Refresher health and safety training focusing on health and safety hazards inherent in podiatry work and practical control measures is warranted,” the study concluded.


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