Reducing On-the-Job Injuries in Pharmacies

It may surprise you to learn that pharmacists face risk in the form of a wide variety of on-the-job injuries. In a recent article published by Pharmacy Owners, author Steve Boone examines ten different hazards facing pharmacy staff members.

Due to the nature of a pharmacy workspace, some of the risks facing staff in pharmacy include infection from coming into contact with sick patients, slips, trips, and falls, and cuts or burns as a result of hazardous equipment. Proper hygiene, equipment maintenance, and a clutter-free workspace can go a long way in hedging against these injuries. Additionally, all pharmacies should be equipped with a well-stocked first aid kit. It is also important that all staff members are trained in best practices.

Several risks stem from the nature of a pharmacist’s work, including fatigue as a result of prolonged standing, strains and sprains resulting from poor lifting technique, and eye strain or repetitive-motion injuries stemming from extended computer usage. Boone recommends an emphasis on both good workplace design (e.g., installing anti-fatigue equipment) and good workplace practices (e.g., proper lifting technique).

Lastly, pharmacists face a variety of chemical, biological, and psychological hazards in the workplace. Proper training and safe practices are the best defenses against these threats.

For more details, read the article in full at Pharmacy Owners.