The aim of this contribution is to propose good medical practice in formulating and managing fitness for work (FFW) for health care workers exposed to biological agents. A literature review was conducted, together with a critical analysis of available scientific evidence and presentation of practical examples taken from the Italian multicentric study in which the authors have been participating since 2008. Within the health care sector and with special reference to biological risk, making and subsequently managing a FFW for a specific job is in fact a particularly arduous task for the occupational physician and for the entire hospital management system. The process that leads to issuing a FFW needs to follow the appropriate guidelines and good technical and scientific practice and also take into careful consideration current legislation (national, regional, etc); it is the result of a well grounded balance between professional ethics, rights and duties of the worker and patient, but also of the employer and of all those involved. All these aspects need to be adapted to the single work situations, applying the principle of precaution and careful flexibility in management, with accurate evaluation of each individual clinical case with its peculiarities and referral, where necessary, to expert opinion. It is also indispensable to have in place a clear and jointly agreed hospital management policy where co-responsibility is taken by each single actor, always with due respect for specific roles, so that the Occupational Physician and employers are not left to manage the issue alone.
Fitness for work in health care workers : biological risk / S. Porru, G. Micheloni, P. Carrer. - In: MEDICINA DEL LAVORO. - ISSN 0025-7818. - 103:3(2012), pp. 175-186.
|Titolo:||Fitness for work in health care workers : biological risk|
CARRER, PAOLO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Biohazard; Fitness for work; Health care workers|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/44 - Medicina del Lavoro|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|