Washington first state to pass hazardous drug exposure laws

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 19, 2011

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on April 13 signed into law two bills to protect healthcare workers from hazardous drug exposures and to track occupational cancer links from such exposures, reports InvestigateWest.

The two safety laws are the first in the nation to specifically address protection for workers handling chemotherapy and other toxic drugs, and could be a model for other state and federal legislation, Bill Borwegen, health and safety director for the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC, told InvestigateWest.

For more details, see the feature post on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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