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Best practice safety tools for pharmacists handling hazardous drugs

Washington State Pharmacy Association

Project Summary

Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy personnel who practice in community pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes frequently handle or are potentially exposed to medications identified as potentially hazardous by NIOSH in their workplace. Healthcare workers handling hazardous antineoplastic cytotoxic agents are at risk for acute and chronic health effects, which can be prevented if workers are protected from exposures to hazardous drugs through engineering and administrative controls, and proper protective equipment. Our project is to develop tools that will assist employers of pharmacists and pharmacy personnel to assess worker occupational exposure risks when handling hazardous drugs, determine and select appropriate levels of personal protective equipment, and provide recommendations for best practices when handling and processing hazardous drugs.

Amount Awarded: $121,010.00

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