Healthcare employers warned of hazardous drug risks

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 12, 2011

OSHA, NIOSH and the Joint Commission have issued a letter to hospitals and healthcare employers reminding of the serious job-related risks that hazardous drugs pose to healthcare workers, according to an April 7 OSHA news release.

Drugs used in chemotherapy, antiviral treatments, hormone regimens, and other applications may cause irreversible effects from work-related exposures even at low levels, and these hazards must be identified as part of the Hazard Communication standard, according to OSHA.

See the feature post on OSHA Healthcare advisor for more details.

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