Second-class safeguards for U.S. healthcare workers

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 27, 2010

It seems that in some places, the world has passed the U.S. by in protecting healthcare workers from toxic substance such as chemotherapy agents.

That’s what sources told The Seattle Times in an article related to the recent report on occupational hazards in handling chemotherapy drugs as reported here last week.

According to the Times, Canada, Holland, Germany, Austria, and Belgium specifically require safeguards for healthcare workers handling and administering chemotherapy drugs, while in the U.S. no specific OSHA standard regulates this hazard. Read more at “U.S. healthcare worker safeguards not world class.”

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