Training and awareness

Raising awareness and providing good training is one of the most important actions that needs to be undertaken to reduce the risks that HCW poses both to public health and the environment.

It is not only required for HCF staff. Both decision makers, the general public (with an emphasis on children) need to be well informed.

A message for each target group

The information that needs to be provided and the way of conveying it has to be adapted to the recipient.

They should be made aware of the need to comply with national and international regulations. It is also important they understand the benefits of proper HCWM first of all for the well-being of their constituents and, at a financial level, by the reduction of the rate of morbidity and mortality as well as reduced environmental risks.

The population needs (and has a right) to be informed to prevent exposure, be it voluntary in the case of scavengers, or accidental as a consequence of unsafe disposal methods.

Hospital staff requires of course more technical and detailed training with regards to the different categories of HCW and the way of coping with each of them from "craddle" (generation) to "grave" (final disposal). Detailed information for this target group is provided in the following sub-menus (large, medium and small HCFs).