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Region 1 News Release: 05-1852-BOS/ BOS 2005-279
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


Free Seminars Will Provide Massachusetts Healthcare Workers with Information on Proper Handling of Dangerous Drugs

BOSTON -- Safe handling of hazardous drugs -- antineoplastic agents, antivirals, unclassified therapeutic agents and others -- by Massachusetts health care workers is the subject of a series of free seminars to be held in Springfield, Tewksbury and Canton in October and November.

The free half-day seminars are sponsored by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, Consultation Program.

Healthcare workers who prepare and administer hazardous drugs or who work in areas where such drugs are used may be exposed to them through the air or on work surfaces or contaminated clothing and medical equipment. The seminars are designed for nurses, health care administrators, hospital safety and risk managers, environmental services, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students, respiratory therapists, industrial hygienists and any other health care workers who may be exposed to hazardous drugs in the course of their duties.

Each seminar will present detailed information about sound handling procedures, effective engineering controls and proper use of protective equipment. The goal is to provide workers with the knowledge to spot and protect themselves against accidental exposures.

The seminars will take place at the following dates and locations:

Oct. 18
Western New England College
Rivers Memorial Auditorium
1215 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, Mass.
Oct. 25
Tewksbury State Hospital Chapel
365 East St.
Tewksbury, Mass.
Nov. 3
Mass. Hospital School
Atkins Auditorium/Brayton School
3 Randolph St.
Canton, Mass.

Each session will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will close one week before each seminar. To register or obtain further information, contact Kathy Flannery at (617) 727-4581 or Susan Clish at (781) 821-4445.

The seminars are presented as part of an ongoing alliance among OSHA, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, Consultation Program. OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers.


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