Health Risks to Veterinarians and Associated Personnel
Handling Pharmaceuticals and Biologicals
Keywords:drug exposure, antibiotics, growth enhancers, immunization products, needle sticks, training, safe products, inoculation procedures, risks to women
Veterinarians, livestock producers, and workers are at risk of illness from exposure to drugs intended for animal health or growth by inhalation, skin contact, and accidental needle sticks. Exposures to antibiotics, growth enhancers, immunization products, and needle sticks are all potential hazards to those handling these products. Special risks apply to women who handle oxytocin, prostaglandins, and live immunization products. These hazards can be unitized by training personnel, choosing safe products, instituting safe inoculation procedures, and utilizing safe sharps handling procedures.