In the current Clinical environment, millions of Healthcare Workers can be exposed to Hazardous Drugs (HD) during Preparation, Administration, and Disposal daily. The danger of exposure can range from skin rashes, infertility and miscarriage, to birth defects as well as Leukemia or other cancers. Studies have shown (attach studies link) that traces of Hazardous Drugs (HD) have been detected in preparation, administration, and disposal areas as well as non-clinical areas such as waiting rooms and countertops.
In addition, the exposure of Healthcare Workers to these Hazardous Drugs (HD) has been detailed in studies (attach studies link) that have shown HD presence in Clinicians that have directly handled these drugs as well as Clinicians, Staff that have not directly handled those drugs. Given these significant health risks Clinicians are facing, new regulations governing the handling of Hazardous Drugs were published by the United States Pharmacopeial convention in 2016. These Guidelines, USP 800, were put into effect as of December, 2019. (attach link to USP 800)