What's New on NIOSH’s List of Hazardous Drugs for Healthcare Workers?
November 18, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Thirty-four drugs were added to the 2016 list of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the organization announced on October 6, 2016. The updated list is designed to let healthcare workers and support staff know what drugs, such as those used in cancer therapy, increase risk for healthcare workers after exposure. Each year, about eight million healthcare workers in the United States are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs in the workplace, NIOSH said. The list is divided into three groups: antineoplastic drugs, nonantineoplastic drugs, and drugs with reproductive effects.