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Biotechnology Production Workers

Work Environment

At some biotechnology firms shifts may run round the clock, meaning that some employees work a variety of shifts. Production workers often work in chemicals factories, which are well ventilated and offer good lighting but may be noisy and crowded. These workers may have to package products and load them onto trucks or docks by hand or with forklifts. Machinery operators may stand much of their shift. Laborers and packagers frequently walk, stand, bend, and lift in the course of their day. They may be required to operate machinery to lift heavy or bulky material. Some production workers wear special clothing, such as complete face and body coverings, to maintain sterile conditions. Some production workers may be exposed to viruses, dangerous chemicals, or disease-causing bacteria. Safety equipment and clothing is required for hazardous tasks of all types.

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