Public comment sought on new L&I rule protecting health care workers

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TUMWATER – The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is seeking public comment on a draft rule setting requirements for the handling of chemotherapy drugs and other hazardous drugs.

The 2011 Legislature passed a bill requiring L&I to enact protections using recommendations included in a 2004 report by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a 2010 update of the report.

The Hazardous Drugs rule will apply to all health care settings where workers are exposed to these hazardous drugs, some of them known to cause cancer and other irreversible harmful effects among health care workers, even after low-level exposures.

The draft rule provides minimum requirements for developing a hazardous drugs control program. Employers, using a hazard assessment, will put programs in place to minimize or eliminate the hazardous exposures to their employees.

The public hearings on the draft rule are:

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Dec. 7. Send comments to Beverly Clark at:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 360-902-5516
  • Mail: Department of Labor & Industries, P.O. Box 44620, Olympia, WA 98504-4620
  • Hand delivery: L&I, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

For media information: Hector Castro, L&I, 360-902-6043.

Broadcast version:

The Department of Labor & Industries is gathering comments on a draft rule designed to protect health care workers from exposure to chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs. The new rule is a requirement of a bill passed in the 2011 Legislative Session. Public hearings will be held Nov. 28 at L&I’s Tumwater building and Dec. 1 at the DoubleTree Hotel City Center in Spokane. For information, visit www dot lni dot wa dot gov.


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