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Hepatitis B and occupational risk

Hepatitis B and occupational risk

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Hepatitis B and occupational risk


How is hepatitis B passed on?

Hepatitis B is the most common liver infection in the world, usually passed on from mother to baby during birth, or through blood-to-blood contact (usually through unsterile medical procedures). This is when the blood of someone with hepatitis B gets into someone else’s blood stream.

Hepatitis B risks in the workplace

Hepatitis B is not passed on through general contact between people. Because of this, there is very little risk in the workplace – except for people working in sectors such as:

Any blood or body fluid spill in the workplace should be treated the same way, whether or not a person is known to have an infectious disease. This is called “universal precautions”.

Who do you have to tell in the workplace?

Except for the workplaces below, employees do not have to tell anybody whether they have viral hepatitis or not – including workmates, employers or customers. 

There are some jobs and workplaces where you legally have to tell someone if you have hepatitis B:

Contact the Hepatitis Infoline for more information 

Have more questions about hepatitis B and occupational risk? Contact the free Hepatitis Infoline or download one of our free online resources now. 

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