CDC/NIOSH reveals safety practices of healthcare employees exposed to hazardous chemicals

A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that healthcare workers who routinely come in contact with hazardous chemicals on the job lack training and awareness to protect themselves from exposure.

The study describes current practices used by healthcare workers to minimize chemical exposures as well as barriers to using recommended personal protective equipment.

Over 12,000 healthcare workers participated.

The chemical agents under study included, but were not limited to, antineoplastic agents, anesthetic gases, surgical smoke and chemical sterilants.

We’ve blogged about these hazards.

Antineoplastic chemicals:

Veterinary Oncology: Associated Risks & Veterinary Worker Respiratory Safety

Powder Containment Hoods for Capsule Filling & Pharmaceutical Compounding

Anesthetics:

Chemical Case Study: Control of Diethyl Ether Vapors

Surgical smoke:

Laser Plume Capture for the Veterinary Practice

Chemical sterilants:

Custom Fume Hood Solution for Cidex and Other Glutaraldehyde Products

 

The findings from this survey are expected to help NIOSH, partners, and healthcare providers better understand current health and safety practices relative to working with hazardous chemical agents.

To access the study online, visit:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajim.22305/abstract.

NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. To learn more about healthcare safety and health, visit:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthcare/

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