The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has recently published a new report summarizing the conclusions of a major project focusing on exposure to biological agents in the workplace and the related health effects. The project was launched way before the global sanitary crisis but its findings are now highly relevant.
The EU-OSHA report includes an in-depth analysis for the following sectors: health care, animal-related occupations, waste and wastewater treatment, arable farming and occupations that involve travelling or contact with travelers. Many workers from these sectors come frequently in contact with natural or organic material, organic dust, waste and wastewater, blood and other blood fluids and are therefore particularly at risk of exposure.
According to EU-OSHA, the first step to mitigate the risks of exposure to biological agents at work would be to raise awareness around the existing framework in place to protect workers as well as to improve the communication between OSH experts and the authorities.
Link to download the final report: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/review-specific-work-related-diseases-due-biological-agents/view