Risks associated with occupational glass injury in bar staff with special consideration of hepatitis B infection

McLean, W., Shepherd, J.P., Brann, C.R. and Westmoreland, D. (1997) Risks associated with occupational glass injury in bar staff with special consideration of hepatitis B infection. Occupational Medicine, 47(3), pp. 147-150. (doi:10.1093/occmed/47.3.147) (PMID:9156469)

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Since bar workers often sustain cuts from unwashed bar glasses, the aims of this study were to investigate risk of injury and to examine the sero-prevalence of markers for hepatitis B amongst bar staff. Ninety-one bar staff recruited by newspaper advertisement were asked about injury experience and life-style risks associated with transmission of hepatitis B and were tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and core antibody (anti-HBc). Seventy-four per cent reported lacerations from broken glassware at work: 18% had sustained such injuries in more than 10 incidents. Fifty-five per cent of respondents reported occupational skin contact with body fluids. Anti-HBc prevalence for the study group was 1.1%, suggesting that bar staff were not at increased risk from hepatitis B infection. Although 30% wore gloves for high-risk tasks, there was no evidence that glove wearing prevented glass lacerations. This level of injury experience and exposure to body fluids is unacceptable and represents a potential risk of cross-infection. Hepatitis B immunization should be considered in this group. Urgent action, including the replacement, wherever possible, of annealed with tempered bar-glassware, is necessary to protect bar workers from glass injury.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mclean, Dr William
Authors: McLean, W., Shepherd, J.P., Brann, C.R., and Westmoreland, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Occupational Medicine
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1471-8405

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