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Occup Med. 1999 Apr-Jun;14(2):181-94.

Physical hazards of animal handlers.

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  • 1Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, North Carolina 27626, USA.


Animal handlers may be harmed on the job due to injuries inflicted by animals; dangers related to the facility, work activities, and equipment; and weather extremes. Traumatic or venomous attacks by animals can result in fatality. Potentially hazardous features of the work environment include fumigation chambers, cage washers, slippery walking surfaces, needles and scalpels, food preparation equipment, noise, radiation, and motor vehicles. Heat- and cold-related injuries are not uncommon. Attention to safety measures is of critical importance in the field of animal handling.

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