OCRC has released a report on safe antineoplastic drug handling practices in community pharmacies, veterinary settings and long-term care homes in Ontario. This report was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and was produced in collaboration with the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Antineoplastic drugs play an important role in cancer and other chronic disease treatment. However, a number of these drugs are known to cause cancer or other health effects. This report presents contemporary work practices and measures currently in use for minimizing occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs within non-hospital settings, and outlines what employers and workers can do to reduce exposure.