Hazardous drugs guidelines revised by ASHP

June 26, 2006

ASHP has issued broad recommendations to protect healthcare workers and patients from exposure to known carcinogens and other hazardous substances. The guidelines can be used to develop and implement safety programs that cover all aspects of the handling of hazardous drugs, from receipt to disposal.

Hazardous drugs guidelines revised by ASHP

ASHP has issued broad recommendations to protect healthcare workers and patients from exposure to known carcinogens and other hazardous substances. The guidelines can be used to develop and implement safety programs that cover all aspects of the handling of hazardous drugs, from receipt to disposal. They include work practices, including compounding, administration, and spill clean-up; use of personal protective equipment; hazardous waste containment and disposal; and staff training and demonstration of competence. The guidelines also include research findings and recommendations from expert bodies such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and the Oncology Nursing Society. The original guidance document, published in 1990, was one of the first sets of recommendations issued on handling hazardous drugs in the United States.

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