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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-76-602, Pathology Laboratory Consultation Service, Denver, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter-BJ
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-76-602, 1979 Jul; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00091558
Abstract
Exposures to isopropyl alcohol (67630) and xylene (1330207) used in a staining solution for treatment of pap smear and sputum specimen slides were evaluated on May 9, 1979 at the request of an employer representative of Pathologist Laboratory Consultation Service, Denver, Colorado. General room samples were taken directly underneath and in close proximity to the staining solution. The chemicals were collected in organic vapor charcoal sampling tubes and analyzed by gas chromatography with a flame ionization detector. Results of the analysis show that all breathing zone samples were below OSHA standards (980 and 435 milligrams per cubic meter of air, respectively, for isopropyl alcohol and xylene). The continuing use of laboratory hoods when tissue slides are in use, and employee education on the toxicity of isopropyl alcohol and xylene are recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-76-602; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-8; Medical-laboratories; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Airborne-chemicals; Cytopathology; Air-sampling; Author Keywords: laboratory; isopropyl alcohol; xylene; ventilation; pathology
CAS No.
67-63-0; 1330-20-7
Publication Date
19790701
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-147143
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HHE-79-76-602
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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