USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings1 provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) to reduce the risk of exposure to health care personnel, patients, their families, and the health care environment. Focusing on staff safety, USP <800> is based on well-established, replicated data. The chapter does not represent new thinking; rather, it establishes reasonable and long overdue requirements to protect staff who handle these substances in the care of their patients. Though initially published in 2016, USP delayed the chapter’s official enforcement date until December 1, 2019, to provide healthcare organizations sufficient time to make the necessary changes.
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