Issues Related to Occupational Safety during Work with Anticancer Drugs


occupational safety of health care workers
occupational safety in оncology сenter
occupational carcinogenesis
occupational cancer

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Malyshevska, O., Myshchenko, I., & Suslyk, Z. (2016). Issues Related to Occupational Safety during Work with Anticancer Drugs. Galician Medical Journal, 23(4), E2016414.


Labor conditions of  junior medical staff at oncological institutions and risks arising in the course of their work are considered in the present article.

Topicality.   Monitoring of hygienic conditions of labor which was conducted at cancer oncological institutions of  Ukraine has shown that 80-85% of junior medical staff’ work conditions do not correspond to requirements of occupational health and safety standards and refer to harmful and dangerous category of work.

That’s why research focused on health protection of junior medical staff during work with carcinogens as well as introduction of newest health and safety procedures into learning process are very actual and advanced.

Research statement. Most anticancer drugs that are used for oncology patients’ treatment have expressed non-selective, toxic effects on the body as well as mutagenic, carcinogenic influence. However, not only treated patient’s organism is affected by such exposure but junior medical staff that prepares, administrates and does utilization of drugs as well. That’s why this category of medical staff needs maximal protection. Also their work conditions require maximal control and correspondence to occupational safety rules.  

Aim of the article. Introduction of questions related with occupational safety during work with anticancer drugs to the learning process of discipline “Occupational safety in the kind of business”. The main goal of this introduction is informing and teaching of further medical workers of procedures’ complex that form safety work conditions at the work with anticancer drugs.

Substantiation of necessity of introduction questions related to occupational safety during work with anticancer drugs in training program of junior medical staff with the aim of safety conditions arrangement.


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