Hazardous drugs requirements begin taking effect January 1, 2015.
The rule takes effect in stages:
- Jan. 1, 2015 — Employers must have completed and implemented a written hazardous drugs control program.
- July 1, 2015 — Employers must have implemented employee training.
- Jan. 1, 2016 — Installation of appropriate ventilated cabinets must be completed.
The regulations were adopted to protect workers who handle chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs. Under this rule, if there is a reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to one or more hazardous drugs, then the employer must develop and implement a written hazardous drug control program to protect workers.