Course 630 - Hospital Hazards and Solutions: Pharmacy

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Modules: 3
Hours: 3
Sectors: Healthcare

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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.

This course specifically looks at ways to prevent dangerous exposure to hazardous drugs in the pharmaceutical setting.

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Key Topics

  • Hazardous Drugs
  • Health Effects of Hazardous Drugs
  • Hazard Communication Standard
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Hazardous Drug Safety and Health Plan
  • Hazardous Drug Testing
  • Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Decontamination Procedures
  • Handling, Labeling, and Disposal Practices
  • Workplace Violence
  • Ergonomic Hazards
  • Acute and Chronic Injuries

Target Audience

  • Employee
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Course Introduction

haz drugs

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:

  • pharmacy and nursing personnel
  • physicians
  • operating room personnel
  • environmental services workers
  • workers in research laboratories
  • shipping and receiving personnel

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.

Course Components

Once you complete this course, you will have knowledge of the following components:

  • health effects of hazardous drugs
  • creating a hazardous drug safety and health plan
  • use of hazardous drugs
  • hazardous drug handling practices
  • personal protective equipment
  • workplace violence
  • ergonomic injuries

Modules

To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Hazardous Drugs
  2. The Use of Hazardous Drugs
  3. Other Hazards in Pharmacy Setting

Course 630 Final Exam

Congratulations on finishing the coursework! To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 70%. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students. We do provide missed-question module section references for study should you wish to retake the exam.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

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Course 630 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.

Endnotes

1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014). Pharmacy Etools. Retrieved from: www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/pharmacy/pharmacy.html

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2011). Hazardous Drugs. Retrieved from: www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardousdrugs/index.html

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (1999). Prevention of Employee Exposure to Hazardous Drugs. Retrieved from: www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_vi/otm_vi_2.html#5

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009). Violence against Pharmacist. Retrieved from: blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2009/02/17/pharmacists/