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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Occupational exposure to hazardous drugs in the environment is a potential risk for healthcare workers. The types of drugs, formulation, and a drug’s toxicity profile impact the likelihood of harm. Activities that increase the possibility of exposure include medication preparation (compounding), medication administration, and patient care.

Nurses and the organizations where they work are responsible for mitigating the risks associated with hazardous drugs. This course provides an overview of the potential dangers in the work environment, engineering controls, administrative controls, and the appropriate personal protective equipment organizations must establish to protect healthcare workers.

The goal of this course is to provide nurses with an overview of hazardous drug exposure and prevention strategies to lessen the risk.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the possible adverse effects of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs and the types of healthcare workers at risk.
  • Recall ways to minimize exposure to hazardous drugs.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/26

Course Originally Released On: 05/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.