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NIOSH updates list of drugs hazardous to healthcare workers

Hospital Safety Insider, September 11, 2014

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NIOSH has released an updated list of patient-care drugs that are hazardous to the healthcare workers that administer them and are exposed to them in the work environment, according to occupational health and safety watchdog website OHSonline.com.

The list was first published by NIOSH in 2004, and was updated in 2010 and 2012. According to the report, the latest list includes 27 drugs that were not on previous lists and 12 drugs were removed that did not meet NIOSH’s criteria for hazardous drugs.

The agency estimates 8 million U.S. health care workers are potentially exposed to such drugs in their workplaces, according to the report. Drugs on the list include chemotherapy drugs, antiviral drugs, hormones, and some bioengineered drugs.

 



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