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Chemo Safety

The hazards of cytotoxic solutions and powders have been well documented. Many associations both locally and internationally have set guidelines for the safe handling of cytotoxic drugs. The guidelines recommend specific procedures and equipment that will offer maximum protection for the operator.

Workcover guidelines for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs and Related Waste in Healthcare Establishments (NSW 1995) recommend during administration the operator should wear:    

  • a particulate type respirator (not a surgical mask).
  • a long sleeved gown of impermeable material.
  • safety spectacles with side shields or goggles.
  • long PVC, surgical or purpose manufactured gloves. Operators not wearing special purpose gloves should be double gloving…

Also recommended is that:

  • Spill kits should be located so that they are readily available for immediate use at all sites where cytotoxic drugs and waste are handled, stored and transported.

For P2 Respirators see Masks and Respirators Section


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Red Soluble Bags

Water-soluble laundry bags for healthcare and infection control are a new environmental product especially designed to avoid the risk of contamination and cross-infection for laundry staff, hospital staff and patients and to control environmental pollution.

Procedure on the usage of the Water Soluble Laundry Strip Bags:

  1. Water Soluble Strip Laundry Bags once filled is then transported to the laundry without rear or airborne bacteria, infectious body fuids, blood borne pathogens etc. from escaping or exposure.
  2. Water Soluble Strip Laundry Bags is put inside the washer without further handling. The water soluble seam and the water soluble tie will dissolve in 60c of water thus exposing the contents for washing.
  3. When the washing is completed, the PE bag is taken out to be disposed of or recycled.
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Item Number Product Description Size Qty Per Pack Minimum Order Quantity
WSSB710-990 Red Soluble Bags
71x99 cm
1 Pack