Common pharmacist workplace injuries

Working in a pharmacy is no walk in the park. It is a fast-paced job that requires repetitive movements, long hours and exposure to environmental hazards. You may suffer while you work to keep the public healthy.

If you get hurt at your pharmacist job, you may have the opportunity to file a workers' compensation claim. Here are some of the most common reasons for pharmacist injuries. 

Repetitive motions

Various pharmacist duties are repetitive and can cause musculoskeletal complications:

  • Turning and twisting medication bottle caps.
  • Typing and clicking.
  • Awkward sitting and standing postures.
  • Long periods of reading and writing.

These tasks can result in carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, neck pain, fatigue and tissue damage. 

Poor ergonomics

Your pharmacy work area should allow you to move with ease. Computers and seating options must be appropriate for your height. Shelves that hold medication should be easily accessible to prevent stooping, bending and reaching. 

Slips, trips and falls

Slippery and obstructive conditions can be present in a pharmacy regularly. There should be non-slip mats or tiles to prevent slipping on wet floors. Walkways should be free of all potential tripping hazards, including wires, cords, open drawers and boxes. Your work environment must have adequate lighting so you do not miss any hazards. Non-slip work boots can also help you avoid falls while working. 

Biological hazards

Interacting with patients can expose you to viruses and illnesses. Contaminants in water, food or the ventilation system may also pose a biological risk. Immunization, wearing gloves and regular building maintenance can reduce your risk of exposure. 

Eyestrain

Working in a pharmacy often requires you to look at computers and read small prescription labels for long periods of time. Overworking the eyes can strain them and progress into poor eyesight and astigmatism. 

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