Updated List of Drugs that Pose a Risk to Workers in Healthcare Settings

Healthcare workers who prepare or give hazardous drugs to patients, such as
those used for cancer therapy, as well as support staff may face individual
health risks when exposed to these drugs. The US-American National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a new document, NIOSH List
of Antineoplastic and other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, 2014, as
the latest version of the hazardous drug list first published in 2004.
Hazardous drugs on the list include those used for cancer chemotherapy,
antiviral drugs, hormones, some bioengineered drugs, and other miscellaneous

"Millions of workers in healthcare facilities may come into contact with drugs
that are capable of causing serious health effects such as cancer, fertility
problems, and organ damage,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "This list
is an important resource to help workers be aware of the hazards certain drugs
pose so they can take the necessary steps to protect themselves from exposure
while doing their job.”

The current list is comprised of drugs that NIOSH has systematically reviewed
according to the criteria in the NIOSH definition of a hazardous drug. The
latest version of the list includes 27 drugs not found on previous lists, and
12 drugs were removed that did not meet NIOSH's criteria for hazardous drugs.
NIOSH made previous updates to the list in 2012 and 2010.

Additionally, the new document provides healthcare organizations with
information on how to generate a list of hazardous drugs specific to their
workplace as well as resources for evaluating the hazard potential of a drug. - Source: Centre for Occupational Health and Safety