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Care workers are at risk of a number of health problems, including back strain from lifting and moving clients. Going into someone else's house presents particular risks. Since the smoking ban came into force care workers are among the few groups still exposed to passive smoking in the workplace.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website has a wide range of advice, information, case studies and news on health and safety issues in the health and social care industries.
For information on smoke-free workplaces and the law, see the following websites: Ash Scotland; Welsh government; Space to Breath for Northern Ireland; and Gov.uk. Also see workSMART's Smoking section for more advice.
Hazards magazine has articles and information on needlestick injuries.