Cleaning Products Pose Chem Risks to Nurses, Warns Group

Posted on December 13, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Cal-OSHA  Quote of the day:
“The biggest problem I see is that nurses don’t know they’re being exposed. It’s not like nurses are saying, ‘I can’t go to work because of chemical exposure.’ It’s more like they don’t feel well, and they don’t know why. I think the damage is being done quietly.
Nurses are exposed to a wide range of chemicals on the job, from heavy-duty cleaners and latex to chemotherapy drugs, that could have long-term health effects, say researchers with Environmental Working Group and Health Care Without Harm. While Bay Area hospitals may be ahead of national regulations in limiting nurses’ exposure to chemicals, many no longer use latex gloves due to allergy concerns. By Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle

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