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Ref ID: WEB021-2017

Release Date:  Nov 16, 2017

Expiration date: Nov 15, 2019

Topic: USP 800 - What is It, and How Will It Affect Your Occupational Health Practice?

Presenter: Sandy Swan, MSN, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, CSPHP, CEAS II   


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Topic Overview:

Is your healthcare organization ready for USP 800 implementation? This presentation will share the large body of work required to be compliant with this standard, focusing on the occupational health responsibility for medical surveillance. USP 800 - Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings, is a new enforceable standard that promotes patient and worker safety and environmental protection. The standard is from The United States Pharmacopeial Convention and is enforceable July 1, 2018. The standard covers hazardous drugs from receiving through disposal. The major components of USP 800 will be presented. Occupational health departments are responsible for monitoring healthcare workers with potential exposure to hazardous drugs through medical surveillance. The medical surveillance has several recommended components that will be presented and discussed. What makes a drug hazardous, potential adverse health outcomes and common exposure routes will be presented. What is achieved by the medical surveillance and who needs to be considered for inclusion in the surveillance will also be discussed.



1.      Describe the components of USP 800, as well as the related responsibility of occupational health professionals.

2.      Understand what makes a drug hazardous and potential adverse health outcomes from exposure.

3.      Describe the recommended components of a hazardous drug medical surveillance.

4.      Explain why medical surveillance is used.

5.      Review employee groups to consider for inclusion in a hazardous drug medical surveillance program.


Speaker  Bio:

Sandy Swan is the Program Manager of Occupational Health and Ergonomics for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. Swan is licensed as an RN in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. She has been a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist/Case Manager since 2001. She is also a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist II and a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional. Swan has been an RN for over 36 years, with the last 18 years in occupational health and ergonomics in both industry and healthcare settings. She currently provides occupational health guidance and develops education and standardization for the BJC occupational health nurses. She also manages a team of ergonomic specialists who provide injury prevention and innovative ergonomic solutions for over 30,000 BJC HealthCare employees.


Requirements for Completion

Successful completion of this activity includes submitting an accurate registration, making necessary payment, and reviewing all activity slides and the webinar presentation. Completion of the evaluation form is required.


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Statement of Credit upon Completion

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants will be provided a link to the evaluation. A link to the statement of completion will be provided at the end of the evaluation. This activity will expire on Nov 15, 2019. After this date, contact hours will not be earned.


Disclosures:  AOHP does not guarantee, warrant, certify, verify and/or authorize the content of this seminar, and/or any subsequent use of the information presented at this webinar. This webinar is not a clinical/medical service but is intended for educational purposes only. Planners of this educational activity have no real or apparent financial, professional or personal conflict of interest to disclose. Faculty/presenter disclosure is stated following each presenter’s bio-sketch. AOHP has implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to the delivery of this educational activity.


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CE Contact Hours

This activity awards 1 contact hour


Accreditation Statement

The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.


ANCC Provider Number P0341


Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about healthcare products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial, professional or personal relationship.


The planners and presenter(s)/author(s) of these CNE activities have disclosed no relevant financial, professional or personal relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


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The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare's accredited provider status refers only to continuing nursing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement of any product, service or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.

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