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13.6a Describe the hazardous substances in their workplace

There are many hazardous substances you could encounter in your workplace that you should know about. These include:

  • cleaning materials
  • disinfectants
  • body fluids
  • medication
  • clinical waste such as dressings
  • contaminated clothes, towels and bed linen

These substances can enter the body in a variety of ways including inhalation, ingestion, injection or absorption. Make sure to read the hazard information on the label of any products you use. It will inform you about their hazards and how to keep yourself and others safe while using it.