Queensland Health has legislation which outlines what a dangerous drug safe is made from and how it locks. They also stipulate how it is to be anchored to the floor. These rules are enforced by Qld Health. They have a team of inspectors whose job it is to ensure these dangerous drugs are in fact being stored. Many of the drug cabinets (also known as drug cabinets or dangerous drug safes) I have seen in Brisbane don’t comply. This is mainly because they don’t have the correct key lock and tongue protector.
The easiest way to tell if your drug cabinet complies is to check out the pictures below. We are also seeing a large number of chemists etc who are upsizing their old faithful. This is because the number of dangerous drugs now required to be secured has increased and patch technology makes for larger boxes.
Another problem that arisen is the way dangerous drug cabinets MUST be secured to a wall or floor. The drug safe must be anchored so as to satisfy the Health Dept. When the legislation was written they didn’t envisage current building methods. And that most chemists would have plasterboard walls and be in shopping centres. The legislation does specify about solid walls and walls with solid studs. However there is no mention of what to do when the walls are plasterboard. And so the cabinet must be mounted to a concrete floor.
This does get tricky when the floor is wooden or a raised dispensary area. We do however have a solution for this particular situation. We have 8 sizes of drug cabinet available on display at our Coopers Plains showroom. With the most popular size being 600 x 450 x 300 mm Height x width x depth. We can even build a stand that the drug cabinet can be fixed to to help support it.
The relevant pages from the Qld Health act are available to be viewed below. By clicking the link ( dangerous drug safe storage rules) at the bottom of the page. We can also make a dangerous drug safe or cabinet to a specific size. Recently we built one to cater for 3 large Methadone bottles as well as all the other drugs the Pharmacy had to store. If you want to know more give us a call on 1300 556500.
Click here to view QLD Health – What Pharmacists need to know PDF
Click here to view the Guidelines for the safe for dangerous drugs