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Hazardous drugs rule adopted, meeting set to discuss advisory committee

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TUMWATER – The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has adopted the Hazardous Drugs rule, designed to protect health care workers from exposure to chemotherapy drugs and other hazardous drugs.

The rule was adopted Jan. 3 in response to a bill passed by the 2011 Legislature that required L&I to enact protections consistent with, but not exceeding, recommendations in the 2004 report by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a 2010 update of that report.

The rule will take effect in phases beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

A meeting to discuss the formation of a Hazardous Drugs Advisory Committee and model programs to assist employers as they implement the rule is open to all interested parties and will be held at L&I's Tumwater building on:

2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Department of Labor & Industries Auditorium
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-5414

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.

For the purpose of this rule, health care facilities are defined as places where a health care provider provides health care to patients,

The 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.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413.

Broadcast version: The Department of Labor & Industries has adopted the Hazardous Drugs Rule, designed to protect health care workers from exposure to chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs. The new rule will be enacted in phases beginning Jan. 1, 2013. A meeting to discuss creating an advisory committee is set for 2 p.m., Jan. 25 at L&I's Tumwater building, 7273 Linderson Way Southwest, Tumwater. For information, visit www dot lni dot wa dot gov.

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