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HHE Determination Report No. HHE-80-4-706, Small Animal Surgery Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Authors
Patnode-R; Gorman-R; Pryor-P
Source
NIOSH 1980 Jun:17 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00098070
Abstract
An environmental survey was conducted on December 3 and 4, 1979 at the Small Animal Surgery Department of Auburn University (SIC-8922) in Auburn, Alabama. The department head and the campus safety engineer requested the evaluation to determine health hazards from exposure to anesthetic gases. Area and personal breathing zone samples were collected to measure concentrations of nitrous-oxide (10024972), methoxyflurane (76380), and halothane (151677). Personal breathing zone samples in the client surgery area indicated exposure concentrations of 2.56 parts per million (ppm) methoxyflurane and 0.133ppm halothane. In the student surgery laboratory area and personal breathing zone concentrations of methoxylflurane were 1.36 ppm and 2.12ppm, respectively. In the client surgery area nitrous-oxide exposure exceeded 150ppm for surgeons and ranged from 30 ppm to 80ppm for other personnel. The recommended exposure standard is 2ppm for halogenated anesthetic agents and 25ppm for nitrous-oxides. The authors conclude that an exposure hazard existed to the anesthetic gases. They recommend that scavenging equipment be employed, low leakage work techniques be taught, preventive maintenance practices be used, and leak testing be conducted regularly.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-4-706; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-4; Hazard-Confirmed; Operating-conditions; Air-contaminants; Work-environment; Health-hazards; Vapors; Inhalation; Toxic-effects;
CAS No.
10024-97-2; 76-38-0; 151-67-7;
Publication Date
19800601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-101636
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-80-4-706
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8922;
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-80-4-707, 17 pages
State
AL; OH;
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