This book supplies comprehensive technical guidance to help readers establish and administer a model hazardous drugs program that limits or reduces employee and visitor exposure. It includes step-by-step instructions for establishing an air sampling and surface monitoring program that meets current regulatory guidelines (OSHA), consensus guidelines (NIOSH, ACGIH, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists), and new quality assurance requirements for pharmacies (JACHO). It also provides a complete safety and health overview of other hazardous drugs that are not considered to by cytotoxic or antineoplastic drugs.
Model Facility’s Hazardous Drugs Safety and Health Program Elements Explained
Hazardous Drugs with Emphasis on Cytotoxic Drugs Regulatory Overview
Hazardous Drug Safety and Health Hazards
Air Sampling and Monitoring Strategies Plan
Unresolved Issues/Questions; Future Developments in the Field
Samuel James Murff has been associated with military and civilian healthcare organizations for over thirty years as manager of Environmental, Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Health Physics; and as an Environmental/Nuclear Medicine Science Officer for various facilities from community hospitals to medical centers/medical school. His most recent work experience was with the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine as a Senior Industrial Hygienist providing cytotoxic drugs consulting services until his retirement from the US Army Reserves in 2006. After his retirement, he has spent several years in the Middle East in support of Iraqi Freedom working as a civilian Department of Defense contractor in the occupational safety and health field. Currently he is employed as a contractor at an Occupational Health Clinic on a Department of Energy Complex as an Industrial Hygienist.
Additionally, he is a distinguished international lecturer and master trainer. Over his career, he has held numerous professional certifications (Associate Safety Professional, Certified Environmental Trainer with endorsements in Hazardous Waste and Safety and Health, Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian, and Certified Hazardous Material Manager).
Additional professional experience: California OSHA Industrial Hygienist; Principal ESH & HP Engineer on a Department of Energy contract, Safety, IH and HP Manager for a nuclear waste processing plant and remediation service; He has received numerous military and civilian awards, but he is the most humbled about receiving the Member of the Year Award from the New York North East Safety Council for his volunteer work with the council.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Grand Canyon University. He has completed graduate courses in Industrial Hygiene and Healthcare Administration from Tulane University.
Previous writings: recently published Handbook on Safety and Health for Cytotoxic Drugs. Besides coauthoring two research papers early in his career, he has self-published the following documents: several monthly safety and health newsletters, an Occupational Safety and Health Model Policy and Procedures Manual which was marketed internationally; a 40-hour HAZWOPER Training Manual; and a Training Manual entitled, The Principles of Industrial Hygiene Practices for the US Army National Guard Bureau.