When dealing with hazardous drugs, it’s just not enough to have personal protective equipment available. Specifics like correct fitting, proper training, and knowledge of equipment limitations needs to be addressed in order to ensure safety in your facility.
How many times have you put on a mask that just doesn’t fit right? Or seen a coworker improperly remove a gown or gloves?
Lucky for you, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has just released personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for drug exposure . NIOSH covers important recommendations for PPE such as gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection.
NIOSH reminds employers to properly train employees using any type of PPE, and be sure all equipment is properly fitted for each worker.
Have there been issues at your facility with proper use of PPE? How have those problems been resolved? Share your experiences in the comments section below.