Nurses at Risk pp 112-141 | Cite as

Toxic substances and agents

  • Rosemary Rogers
  • Jane Salvage
  • Roger Cowell
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Abstract

Health workers are exposed to a huge range of toxic substances in the drugs, chemicals and gases they work with. The hazards these substances present, particularly their long-term effects, are often incompletely understood even by the manufacturers and scientists. And the people who have to handle them may not think to associate periodic headaches, skin complaints, dizziness or nausea with the workplace.

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References and further reading on mercury

  1. HSAC (1997) Risk Assessment at Work: Practical examples in the NHS, Health Services Advisory Committee, ISBN 0 7521 0941 3. London: Health and Safety Commission.Google Scholar
  2. HSE (1996) Mercury and its inorganic divalent compounds, EH17. Sudbury: Health and Safety Executive.Google Scholar
  3. O’Toole, S. (1997) ‘Clinical observations: Alternatives to mercury thermometers’, Professional Nurse, vol. 12, no. 11 (August), pp. 783–6.Google Scholar

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© Rosemary Rogers, Jane Salvage and Roger Cowell 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary Rogers
  • Jane Salvage
  • Roger Cowell
    • 1
  1. 1.Burford Community HospitalOxfordshireUK

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