Dentists at highest risk of infection according to Lenstore analysis

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  Posted by: The Probe      14th August 2020

Online contact lens retailer Lenstore has released an analysis of the world’s most common jobs, ranking them by a series of health metrics, including risk of hazards, infection and injury, as well as joints and muscular issues, posture, fitness, sensory and sun damage. It found that dentists are at a higher risk of infection than any other profession.

The 10 jobs most at risk of infection

  1. Dentists
  2. Critical Care Nurses
  3. General Practitioners
  4. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  5. Anaesthesiologists
  6. Surgeons
  7. Veterinarians
  8. Flight Attendants
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Firefighters

Working in the healthcare industry naturally increases employees’ risk of infection, with Dentists and Paramedics ranking as the roles most at risk of this threat within the healthcare profession.

The most common health threat is physical proximity, which occurs more frequently among all jobs than any other risk. Physical proximity can increase your chances of possible infection and is 6.7 times more common across the board than exposure to whole-body vibration, the least common threat, which can cause damage to bones and joints.

Roshni Patel, BSc (Hons) MCOptom, Professional Services Manager at Lenstore, said: “Although some jobs are inherently at higher risk than others, it’s important to address the risks that we can reduce or resolve entirely – issues of posture or fitness can often be as simple as making sure our desk is set up to support a straighter and supported back and taking regular breaks to walk around for a couple of minutes.

“Having the right work set up is also vital for protecting your vision and with many of us working in front of devices for 8 hours + each day – your eyesight is at greater risk of harm. It’s therefore important to take regular breaks every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to minimise eye strain. It’s particularly important while many are working from home to make sure that the same considerations you would have in the office in terms of safe equipment and the right working space are in place.” 

For more information on the best and worst jobs for your health, review the full study on https://www.lenstore.co.uk/research/best-and-worst-jobs-for-health/.


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