Risk of infection and tracking of work-related infectious diseases in the funeral industry.

Academic Article


  • This review demonstrates that funeral service professionals (FSPs) have a risk of exposure to bacterial and viral pathogens as well as to prion-mediated diseases. It reveals a lack of published studies focusing on the implementation and effectiveness of infection control policies for this occupational group as well as the difficulty involved in determining actual infection rates related to workplace exposure events. Possible reasons for this lack of data include the categorization of these workers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification System as service providers rather than health care professionals.
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  • Bacterial Infections, Cause of Death, Communicable Diseases, Guideline Adherence, Health Policy, Humans, Infection Control, Mortuary Practice, Occupational Diseases, Occupational Exposure, Occupational Health, Population Surveillance, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Prion Diseases, Risk Factors, United States, Virus Diseases, Workplace
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    Author List

  • Davidson SS; Benjamin WH
  • Start Page

  • 655
  • End Page

  • 660
  • Volume

  • 34
  • Issue

  • 10