We argued in the previous chapter that instead of identifying hazards by occupation we should do it by workplace. That does not mean this approach will apply throughout the health service; there are several occupations where this method is insufficient. In this chapter we look at the problems facing ambulance staff and community nurses. Most of the hazards facing community nurses will, as it happens, also apply equally to health visitors, community midwives and community psychiatric nurses. (These staff, or their safety reps, should note that, since some of them spend part of their time in hospitals and other health service premises, it is also worth their while looking at some of the other chapters that deal with everyday problems they are likely to find.)
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