HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-78-61-497, Camp Hill Animal Hospital, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, June 1978.
NIOSH 1978 Jun:12 pages
Breathing zone and general area samples were taken for halothane (151677) at the Camp Hill Animal Hospital (SIC-0742) in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and anesthesia machines were evaluated for leakage on April 27 and 28, 1978. An evaluation request came from the employer to evaluate the potential for exposure to 6 employees and to provide information on the chronic effects of halothane. Personal breathing zone and general area samples were obtained. Eight of 9 personal breathing zone samples ranging from 4 to 21 parts per million (ppm) halothane exceeded the recommended criteria of 2ppm. Area samples averaged 1.3 to 4.7ppm. Gas leakage from gas machines ranged from 2 to over 60ppm. The author concludes that a health hazard due to halothane exposure does exist at this facility. A scavenging system should be used to recirculate unused gas, anesthetic gases should be used sparingly, equipment should be checked routinely for leaks or loose connections, and ventilation should be improved.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-61-497; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Anesthetics; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Hazardous-chemicals; Work-environment; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Employee-exposure; Analytical-instrumentation; Control-technology; Humans; Medical-care-facilities;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-78-61-497, 12 pages, 14 references