Protecting health workers from hazardous products

IAN LINDSLEY, TONY MUSU and ADAM ROGALEWSKI 9th February 2023 There is more clarity about hazardous medicinal products but awareness still needs to be raised to protect workers. Health workers need protection at all stages of the lifecycle for hazardous… Read more

ETUI Webinar: Cancer risks in healthcare workers

On 12 October, from 11-12h, CET, the ETUI is hosting a webinar on cancer risks in healthcare workers: identification of Hazardous Medicinal Products (HMPs). In the healthcare sector, 12.7 million workers across the EU are potentially exposed to Hazardous… Read more

ETUI Seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals

Ian Lindsley, Secretary of the EBN, attended the 18th Seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals in Zadar, Croatia from 28-29 June 2022. The seminar was organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and is financially supported by the European… Read more

Hazardous Drugs: Guide to Surface Monitoring

    Nurses must have the greatest individual protection during the handling of hazardous drugs, guaranteeing at the same time adequate patient care, and must also be informed and trained on the risks associated with the activity they carry out, taking… Read more

ANSES report to the French government

The French health and safety agency ANSES has just published its report to the French government recommending the inclusion in French national legislation and the CMD of a list of cytostatic, or carcinogenic, drugs and agents (HMPs).  They also… Read more

Virtual Conference on Hospital Workers Wellbeing Matters

On 23rd February 2021, the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQa) and the International Hospital Federation (IHF) held a virtual conference on hospital workers wellbeing matters. The event provided ISQa’s and IHF’s members and the wider community a global perspective on… Read more

Medication Errors: The Second Victim

“All medication errors are potentially avoidable. They can thus be greatly reduced or even prevented by improving the systems and practices of medication, including ordering, prescription, preparation, dispensing, administration and monitoring.”  World Health Organization (WHO) 2017. (1) The Problem  The… Read more

COVID and Influenza Preparedness in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions will continue for some time and is likely to continue to place an ongoing burden on already stretched healthcare workers and patients in Europe, which will be exacerbated if it coincides with the seasonal… Read more

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

COVID-19 vaccination is the most important global healthcare initiative at the moment and by the end of 2020/beginning of 2021, it is expected that pharmaceutical companies will start to deliver the first vaccines in Europe but probably not enough for… Read more

EBN feedback to Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Preventing exposure to carcinogenic hazardous drugs Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan for Europe has to consider the potential benefits for workers, the healthcare system, patients and their families, by what has already identified as a preventive instrument in the roadmap, namely… Read more

Summary of European Biosafety Network Rome Summit

On 29 October 2019 the European Biosafety Network held a Summit at the Italian Ministry of Health in Rome to discuss the exposure of healthcare workers to hazardous drugs. The Summit was split into three sessions including a keynote… Read more

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