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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-16, U.S. Public Health Service - Dental Clinic, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Love-JR
Source
NIOSH 1980 Mar:11 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00095234
Abstract
Area and personal air samples for nitrous-oxide (10024972) and mercury (7439976) were collected at the U.S. Public Health Service Dental Clinic (SIC-8021), Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 29 to 31, 1980. The evaluation request came from the dentist. Seven of eight area air samples, and all personal samples, exceeded the NIOSH criteria for nitrous-oxide (25 parts per million). Mercury was detected only in one area sample, and the concentration was well below the OSHA limit of 0.1 milligrams per cubic meter. The authors conclude that no mercury hazard exists, but the dentist and his assistant are exposed to hazardous concentrations of nitrous oxide. They recommend good housekeeping practices, routine equipment maintenance, and use of scavenging type respirator masks. Speech by the patient should be minimized during procedures that involve nitrous-oxide.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-16; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Hazardous-substances; Health; Dentistry; Health-services; Health-surveys; Health-hazards; Measurement-methods;
CAS No.
10024-97-2; 7439-97-6;
Publication Date
19800301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-194194
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-80-16
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8021;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 pages, 15 references
State
OH;
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