Exposure to biological agents in the workplace

14 April 2020

Article: 54/1505

The European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA) has published five discussion papers identifying sectors in which workers are potentially at high risk of exposure to biological agents. These sectors are:

• animal-related occupations
• waste management and wastewater treatment
• arable farming
• jobs involving travel and contact with travellers
• healthcare

The papers present the findings of a research project carried out to tackle the knowledge gap on biological agents in the workplace and the related health effects. They look at vulnerable groups and emerging risks and provide recommendations for effective prevention.

Source: EU-OSHA, 8 April 2020