Health care workers who prepare or administer hazardous drugs (e.g., those used for cancer therapy, some antiviral drugs, hormone agents, and bioengineered drugs) or who work in areas where these drugs are used may be exposed to these agents in the workplace.
About 8 million U.S. healthcare workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs, including:
Studies have shown workplace exposures to hazardous drugs can cause both acute and chronic health effects such as skin rashes, adverse reproductive outcomes (including infertility, spontaneous abortions, and congenital malformations), and possibly leukemia and other cancers.
The health risk depends on how much exposure a worker has to these drugs and how toxic they are. Workers can be protected from exposures to hazardous drugs through engineering and administrative controls, and proper protective equipment. This course specifically looks at ways to prevent dangerous exposure to hazardous drugs in the pharmaceutical setting.
Once you complete this course, you will have knowledge of the following components:
To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.
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1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014). Pharmacy Etools.
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2011). Hazardous Drugs.
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (1999). Prevention of Employee Exposure to Hazardous Drugs.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009). Violence against Pharmacist.