1606d Report of task force on handling hazardous drugs

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Abstract

Every year millions of Health Care Workers (HCWs) are exposed to carcinogenic, mutagenic and repro-toxic hazardous drugs, and in particular, cytotoxic drugs. These drugs represent the most dangerous chemical risk factors in healthcare and some of the most hazardous chemicals ever developed. The workplace exposure to dangerous drugs and the resulting health risks for healthcare personnel are well known yet, adequate education and training in handling hazardous drugs is both under appreciated and inadequate in many health care facilities. The SCOHHCW established a Task Force on Handling Hazardous Drugs in 2017 to address these issues. This session will report on the progress of this Task Force to date.

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