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Veterinary practices also face drug exposure hazards

With the recent reports [1] of hazardous drug exposures to healthcare workers, it is good to remember the danger doesn’t only exist in the realm of human care.

Veterinary healthcare employees handling and administering hazardous drugs face the same hazards, as recently published NIOSH alert reminds, “Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs for Veterinary Healthcare Workers.” [2]

“Many of these workers treat small companion animals (primarily cats and dogs), but also larger animals such as horses, with antineoplastic and other drugs that may be hazardous to humans, says the alert.

The NIOSH document provides advice on creating a program to provide protection for veterinary healthcare workers that includes training in hazardous drug receiving, storage, transportation, administration, spill control, and establishing a medical surveillance program.