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Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs for Veterinary Healthcare Workers

June 2010
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-150
cover of 2010-150

Veterinary healthcare employees working where hazardous drugs are handled may face health risks. Many of these workers treat small companion animals (primarily cats and dogs), but also larger animals such as horses, with antineoplastic and other drugs that may be hazardous to humans. NIOSH recommends establishing a program to provide appropriate protective measures for veterinary healthcare workers exposed to hazardous drugs.