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Document ID (ISN)58776
CIS number 92-1561
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Valanis B., Vollmer W.M., Labuhn K., Glass A., Corelle C.
Title Antineoplastic drug handling protection after OSHA guidelines - Comparison by profession, handling activity, and work site
Bibliographic information Feb. 1992, Vol.34, No.2, p.149-155. 23 ref.
Abstract Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued antineoplastic drug handling guidelines in 1986, literature reports indicated that use of protection in the early 1980s did not meet OSHA standards. This study investigated the use of protection by pharmacy and nursing staff in a national sample of facilities. Use of protection by the study sample in 1988 to 1989 is compared with their past use, with use of protection in previous studies, and with OSHA guidelines. In general, pharmacists are better protected than are nurses, and hospital staff are better protected than staff in outpatient settings who also tend to handle more drugs. Although improving over time, protective garment use does not meet OSHA guidelines, particularly among nurses when administering agents or handling patient excreta.
Descriptors (primary) protective clothing; health care personnel; personal protective equipment; antineoplastic drugs
Descriptors (secondary) overalls; protective gloves
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Protective clothing
Personal protection