People who work in health care and social assistance are exposed to hazards from the type of work they do, where they work and the people they work with.  

Workers in health care and social assistance include nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and other support staff. 

Their workplaces may change day-to-day and many may work alone, increasing risks to health and safety. 

Work can be physically demanding, repetitive and expose workers to workplace stress and violence.  

Common hazards in health care and social assistance 

Some common hazards and risks include: