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NIOSH guidelines offer protection from hazardous drugs

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 11, 2008

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as part of its Workplace Solutions program, has introduced guidelines for using personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect from dealing with hazardous drug exposures.Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Workers Who Work with Hazardous Drugs applies to pharmacy and nursing personnel, physicians, operating room personnel, veterinary personnel, shipping and receiving personnel, laundry workers, waste handlers, and maintenance workers.

 

NIOSH recommends that employers select PPE according to an employee's risk of exposure, educate employees on the proper use and limitations of that equipment, as well as ensure that PPE fits correctly and it is being put on and taken off properly.

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