Hospital Hazards and Solutions Pharmacy

Course Introduction

Health care workers who prepare or administer hazardous drugs (e.g., those used for cancer therapy, some antiviral drugs, hormone agents, and bioengineered drugs) or who work in areas where these drugs are used may be exposed to these agents in the workplace.

About 8 million U.S. healthcare workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs, including:

  •  pharmacy and nursing personnel
  • physicians
  • operating room personnel
  • environmental services workers
  • workers in research laboratories
  • shipping and receiving personnel

Studies have shown workplace exposures to hazardous drugs can cause both acute and chronic health effects such as skin rashes, adverse reproductive outcomes (including infertility, spontaneous abortions, and congenital malformations), and possibly leukemia and other cancers.

The health risk depends on how much exposure a worker has to these drugs and how toxic they are. Workers can be protected from exposures to hazardous drugs through engineering and administrative controls, and proper protective equipment. This course specifically looks at ways to prevent dangerous exposure to hazardous drugs in the pharmaceutical setting.

Course Components

Once you complete this course, you will have knowledge of the following components:

  • health effects of hazardous drugs
  • creating a hazardous drug safety and health plan
  • use of hazardous drugs
  • hazardous drug handling practices
  • personal protective equipment
  • workplace violence
  • ergonomic injuries

Key Topics

  •  Hazardous Drugs
  • Health Effects of Hazardous Drugs
  • Hazard Communication Standard
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Hazardous Drug Safety and Health Plan
  • Hazardous Drug Testing
  • Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Decontamination Procedures
  • Handling, Labeling, and Disposal Practices
  • Workplace Violence
  •  Ergonomic Hazards
  • Acute and Chronic Injuries

Target Audience