Published January 21, 2023 | Version 1
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Risk Assessment for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Dentistry - United Arab Emirates

  • 1. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, School of Health & Environmental Studies, Dubai, UAE.

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Every job involves risks that are unique to the workplace, depending on the role and situation of the practitioner. Some occupational risk factors only affect workers directly, while others, such as dentistry, affect others. For instance, the dentist, the nurse, the janitors, and those nearby the patients are all at risk of infection in dentistry. There are numerous other risk factors specific to dentistry, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, biological, and safety risk factors. Some of these elements are prevalent in all workplaces, but others, like biological and chemical elements, are particularly prevalent in jobs in the health sector. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the most prevalent among dentists. Therefore, it is crucial to have a plan to minimize and manage these risks in the workplace and lower accident rates and expenses. The Control Hierarchy was used in this study to investigate various occupational risk factors in dentistry. A management strategy that includes ergonomics education programs, recommendations for using new tool innovations, and human resource interventions is recommended to reduce risk among dental professionals.

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