Exposures to pharmaceutical dust at a mail order pharmacy.
J Occup Environ Hyg 2012 Sep; 9(9):D161-D166
To our knowledge, this is the first evaluation of pharmaceutical dust exposures at a mail order pharmacy. Our data show that mail order pharmacy employees can be exposed to dust containing APIs, particularly when they clean cells, replenish canisters, or hand fill prescriptions. More comprehensive evaluations are needed in this growing industry to determine the extent of exposures to APIs, including hazardous drugs, and to determine the best control-measures and practices for minimizing such exposures.
Pharmacy-workers; Pharmaceutical-industry; Pharmaceuticals; Dusts; Dust-exposure; Noise; Work-practices; Protective-clothing; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection; Respirators; Respirable-dust; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Eye-irritants; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Ventilation-hoods; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Drugs;
Author Keywords: HETA 2010-0026-3150
Kenneth W. Fent, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R- 11, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene