29 Views no discussions Share Tweet HealthLifestyle Grenada hosts health workers occupational safety workshop by: – June 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Photo credit: umemro.blogspot.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — St George’s University (SGU) in Grenada has partnered with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Grenada’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to provide a workshop geared at addressing the concerns of occupational hazards to health care workers (HCWs) specifically in relation to needlestick injuries and exposure to blood borne pathogens.The workshop, which is in line with a growing global movement towards dealing with this very critical public health issue, aims to “prepare leaders in healthcare to provide training on occupational health and prevention of blood borne infections, implement and evaluate policy and intervention measures to protect health workers and establish a regional surveillance network for occupational health”.The three-day workshop, which began on Tuesday, is being attended by 40 health care professionals with combined experience amounting to about 500 years.The attendees come from nine countries — Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Belize, Nevis, Suriname and the British Virgin Islands — and various professions and foci within the health care sector, including physicians, Ministry of Health officials, professors, nurses and other HCWs working in the areas of infection control, trauma / accident care, midwifery and neonatology.The attendees will be responsible for conveying the knowledge and skills gleaned from the workshop to their respective organisations and countries.The workshop is the brainchild of Dr Omar Cinar Elci, Director of SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM).In his opening address he commented: “We need to take care of our working people. We rely on our health care workers for our health but often do not consider their safety.”He pointed out that HCWs were exposed to even more occupational hazards than agricultural, construction and factory workers.Dr George Mitchell, a Ministry of Health official and graduate of SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, represented Senator Ann Peters, Grenada’s Minister of Health, who was out of the island.Mitchell commented: “We are ever conscious that a healthy, uninjured workforce is vital to our country’s well-being.”He urged participants to find ways to implement what they learnt in the workshop.Among topics to be covered at the workshop are the risk of occupational transmission of blood-borne pathogens, management of these risks, measures to be taken after exposure, how to conduct workplace assessment and how to carry out a rapid assessment for blood-borne pathogens.Caribbean News Now
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