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What Does Risk Of Occupational Exposure Mean
Take precautions: Usually(if I am correct on this) it is used to describe the potential in a 'toxic'/environmental exposure situation...The "limit" is the threshhold level one needs to reach before health risks occurs. ...Read more
It depends: You asked a really broad question. In general, the risk of any exposure depends on the type of exposure (contact, breathing, etc) and the duration of the exposure. If your exposure is simply using an antimicrobial handwash on a regular basis then your risk is very minimal. ...Read more
Time, concentration: Significant occupational exposure depends on the time of exposure and concentration of the material to which you were exposed, based on the permissible exposure limits for the substance. Your safety officer should have all of this documentation available to you for training purposes. ...Read more
Not certain: In the mid-2000s it was suggested Nitric Oxide exposure may reduce male fertility; paradoxically, at the same time mouse studies suggested Nitric Oxide might enhance or prolong female fertility! there are several small studies published in mid-level medical journals. To my knowledge no conclusive studies of either question have been done, and there is no 'expert consensus.'. ...Read more
Any and all: Depending on the disease carried by the individual in question, any and all body fluids can be and should be considered potentially infectious. People like health care workers who are routinely exposed to bodily fluids must undergo special training in how to handle them safely and take regular vaccinations against things like hepatitis b. Treat all bodily fluids as potentially infectious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How come you have to get tested for a full year after occupational exposure to a needle when generally the HIV test is considered fine after 6 months?
I agree: Much of the expense, dysfunction and inconvenience of health care, for physicians and patients, are due to medicolegal concerns even when probabilities are basically zero. I'm sorry you have to go through this. ...Read more
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