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Document ID (ISN)111805
CIS number 11-0478
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dunleavy K., Taylor A., Gow J., Cullen B., Roy K.
Title Management of blood and body fluid exposures in police staff
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.60, No.7, p.540-545. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract Police service staff are at risk of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids with the consequent risk of blood-borne virus (BBV) infections. The objective of this study was to examine the types of occupational exposure incidents experienced by Scottish police service staff and to evaluate the post-incident management provided by their occupational health services. Data were collected on the circumstances and the post-incident management of each incident reported to occupational health services over 12 months. An expert panel reviewed the post-incident management provided by the occupational health service. The panel considered that the majority of cases of occupational exposure incurred little or no risk of BBV transmission. In general, the expert panel assessed the post-incident management provided by the occupational health service units serving the police as adequate and appropriate. However, some concerns were raised in relation to a small number of incorrect risk assessments and an inconsistent approach to hepatitis C virus follow-up blood testing.
Descriptors (primary) virus diseases; blood; saliva; biological hazards; police forces
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; hazard evaluation; exposure evaluation; limitation of exposure; safe working methods
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Exposure evaluation
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Risk evaluation