SARS epidemic in 2003 claimed six lives from our healthcare workers (HCW), who devoted themselves to fight against the disease and protect our community. As a lesson learnt from the tragedy, infection control and occupational health of HCW became an area of focus to safeguard HCW from occupational health hazards at work.
Occupational medicine is the branch of clinical medicine most active in the field of occupational health to identify and control significant and substantial risk factors that can contribute to ill health at work, and to advise employees on health issues.
Occupational hygiene is the science and practice devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace that may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers and may also impact the general community.
The consortium of both, together with infection control practices, enhance staff health surveillance, job hazards recognition and identification, risk evaluations and control, and to protect healthcare workers from acquiring occupational infections in healthcare settings.