Journal of Health Research and Reviews (in Developing Countries)

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11--16

A comparative study of the hazards management system associated with laundry operations in secondary and Tertiary Health Facilities in Nigeria


Emmanuel Nosa Omoijiade 
 Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Emmanuel Nosa Omoijiade
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State
Nigeria

Background: Occupational safety and health hazards in health-care facilities (HCFs) can be grouped according to location or service offered. Contaminated laundry, noise, heat, lifting, sharps, slips, trips, falls, and fire hazards are among those located in the laundry department. Aims: This study sought to assess the measures to reduce workplace hazards, thereby providing information on the hazard management system in various HCFs, as this would prove useful to establish appropriate interventions to further ensure the health and safety of workers in hospital laundries. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in six hospitals with a laundry department in Benin city, composed of one available tertiary HCF and five secondary HCFs. Data were collected through the hazard identification checklist, which was used to determine the safe/unsafe acts and conditions of the workplaces. Results: The percentage rating for the assessment of the hazard management system in the hospital laundry between the health facility types was 39.57% ± 7.12% for the secondary health facilities, while that of the tertiary health facility was 51.85%. A comparison of the means showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the average rating between secondary and tertiary health facility (P = 0.191), (95% confidence interval = −0.339–0.094). Conclusion: Adverse health and safety effects can be avoided or minimized drastically if the associated hazards are properly managed; however, the hazards management system in the health-care laundries was adjudged to be substandard, in both the tertiary and secondary health facilities.


How to cite this article:
Omoijiade EN. A comparative study of the hazards management system associated with laundry operations in secondary and Tertiary Health Facilities in Nigeria.J Health Res Rev 2019;6:11-16


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Omoijiade EN. A comparative study of the hazards management system associated with laundry operations in secondary and Tertiary Health Facilities in Nigeria. J Health Res Rev [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jul 18 ];6:11-16
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