Safety

The hazards of handling 'chemo' drugs

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 20, 2010

That life-saving drugs for patients also pose life-threatening hazards for healthcare workers, was made painfully evident in a report by msnbc.com on chemotherapy’s deadly toll on pharmacists and nurses.

The report focuses on a number of pharmacists and nurses who are struggling or have succumbed to hazardous drug exposures in healthcare workplaces.

“There is no other occupation population (that handles) so many known human carcinogens,” a NIOSH researcher told msnbc.com.

For more on the report and links to workplace safety tools such as “Common Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare” and “Handling Hazardous Drugs Safely Checklist” read the featured post on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

 


 

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