General Chapter <800> describes responsibilities and requirements of personnel handling hazardous drugs; facility and engineering controls; procedures for deactivating, decontaminating and cleaning; spill control; and documentation. These standards apply to all healthcare personnel who receive, prepare, administer, transport or otherwise come in contact with hazardous drugs and all the environments in which they are handled.
According to the CDC, more than 8 million US healthcare workers are exposed to hazardous drugs every year.
What are hazardous drugs?
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a drug is considered hazardous once it:
- Can cause cancer
- Impacts or damages DNA
- Causes organ damage
- Contributes to infertility
- Impacts an embryo or fetus
- Causes developmental abnormalities
- Is similar in structure or function to already hazardous drugs
Exposure to hazardous drugs can result in adverse health effects.
Why should your facility comply with USP800?
Your facility must have procedures in place for each hazardous drug that you order. The act will be effective on December 1, 2019.
How RXTransparent can help.
RXTransparent offers a solution for your USP800 needs. We provide a risk assessment solution that identifies drugs that are hazardous. We can then develop initial policies and procedures for each drug that is hazardous. If you are on our DSCSA Compliance platform, we continuously monitor your data for hazardous drugs.
Protect your healthcare workers from hazardous drugs through administrative controls, and proper procedures and equipment.
CDC recommendations on Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers who deal with hazardous drugs, please click here.
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