NIOSH alerts healthcare professionals to antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs in healthcare settings

October 19, 2010

From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Preventing Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings," an approach to handling hazardous drugs safely.

The area of new drug development is evolving rapidly as unique approaches are being taken to treat cancer and other serious diseases.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) presents in its document “Preventing Occupational Exposure to Atineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings” a standard precautions or universal precautions approach to handling hazardous drugs safely. NIOSH recommends that all hazardous drugs be handled as outlined in this alert.

To access this document, go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-165/.