COVID-19: Occupational health and safety for health workers: Interim guidance

Rola Al-Emam, Benedetta Allegranzi, Eric Amster, Gwen Brachman, Alessandro Cassini, Giorgio Cometto, Shalini Desai, Neelam Dhingra-Kumar, Ivan D. Ivanov, Dorota Jarosinska, Catherine Kane, Berit Kieselbach, Aiysha Malik, Guy Mbayo, Madison Moon, Maria Neira, Lesley Onyon, Gene Peralta, Julietta Rodriguez-Guzman, Alice SimniceanuVictoria Willet

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Health workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and as such are exposed to different hazards that put them at risk. Occupational hazards include exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens, violence, harassment, stigma, discrimination, heavy workload and prolonged use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This document provides specific measures to protect occupational health and safety of health workers and highlights the duties, rights and responsibilities for health and safety at work in the context of COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

This document is an update of the World Health Organization (WHO) interim guidance, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: rights, roles and responsibilities of health workers, including key considerations for occupational safety and health, from 18 March 2020.


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