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Questions & answers about the new Hazardous Drugs Rule


The 2011 Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5594, requiring the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) to set requirements to protect workers who handle chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs. The bill required L&I to adopt rules that are consistent with and do not  exceed provisions in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) 2004 Alert on preventing occupational exposures to antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs in health care settings, as updated in 2010.   

L&I's hazardous drugs rule was adopted on January 3, 2012. Under this rule, if there is a reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to one or more hazardous drugs, then the employer must develop and implement  a written hazardous drug control program to protect  workers. 

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