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USP 800 becomes official December 1, 2019. To reach compliance, you need to ensure you are using the correct PPE to minimize exposure to hazardous drugs. V12 Health offers a free USP 800 PPE assessment, to help you take the guesswork out of compliance and provide recommendations designed to help you save money, better protect staff, and improve utilization.
All our new products meet USP 800 standards. For more information visit USP.org
What does it mean for PPE
- Gowns must be selected based on the hazardous drugs (HD) handled
- Gowns must close in the back, be long sleeved, and have closed cuffs that are elastic or knit
- Gowns must not have seams or closures that could allow HDs to pass through
- Gowns must be changed every 2–3 hours, immediately after a spill or splash, or per the manufacturer’s information for
permeation of the gown
- Gowns worn in HD handling areas must not be worn to other areas
Chemotherapy gowns are tested against the following chemotherapy drugs per ASTM F739-12:
- Carmustine (BiCNU)
- Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
- Doxorubicin Hydrochloride
- Etoposide (Toposar)
- Paclitaxel (Taxol)
- Mitomycin C
- Vincristine Sulfate
- Gloves must be powder-free and chemo-tested to ASTM D6978
- Hands must be washed with soap and water after removing gloves
- When used for sterile compounding, the outer chemotherapy glove must be sterile
- Chemotherapy gloves must be changed every 30 minutes unless otherwise recommended (see chemo panel on back of glove boxes for breakthrough times)
- Gloves must be inspected for physical defects before use