UPDATE - Sharps Compliance Releases New Solution Offering for the Safe and Compliant Cleanup of Spilled Hazardous Drugs
The United States Pharmacopeia (“USP”) published
USP <800> requires spill kits to contain “all of the materials needed to clean HD spills and be readily available in all areas where HDs are routinely handled.” These new standards apply to “all workers, patients, and the general public who may be accessing facilities where HDs are prepared” and “who receive, prepare, administer, transport, or otherwise come in contact with hazardous drugs and all the environments in which they are handled.” Impacted industries include the following:
- Compound and retail pharmacies
- Infusion suites
- Home infusion companies
- Oncology offices
- Veterinarian offices
- Companies involved in the transportation of HDs
The Sharps Compliance Hazardous Drug Spill Control Kit ™ is an all-in-one solution for cleaning up hazardous drug spills. This base-level kit contains the minimum components required by USP <800> to clean up an HD spill: absorbent powder, absorbent pad, chemosorb pad, scraper/scooper, antiseptic towel, safety goggles, N95 respirator mask, shoe covers, hair and beard cover, hazardous drug exposure form, chemo-bio wipe, hazardous waste chemo drug liner, gown and gloves, hazardous waste summary sheet, caution sign, and instructions for use.
USP discusses the public health need to reduce the risk of exposure to HDs as follows:
“The need to help ensure a quality environment and to protect healthcare personnel from hazardous drugs has been a topic of concern for decades. Growing evidence highlights that acute and chronic health effects can occur due to occupational exposure to over 200 hazardous drugs used commonly in healthcare settings. …USP [has] developed standards for handling these hazardous drugs to minimize the risk to public health. The goals of these standards are to help increase awareness, provide uniform guidance to reduce the risk of managing hazardous drugs, and help reduce the risk posed to patients and the healthcare workforce.”
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Source: Sharps Compliance Corp.