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HHE Determination Report No. HHE-78-80-521, Denver General Hospital, Denver, Colorado, August 1978.

Authors
Gunter-BJ
Source
NIOSH 1978 Aug:11 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00099493
Abstract
Environmental breathing zone samples were collected on June 17 and 18, 1978, to determine concentrations of halothane (151677), ethrane (13838169), and nitrous-oxide (10024972) in the operating rooms of Denver General Hospital (SIC-8062) in Denver, Colorado. The evaluation was requested by the Chief of Anesthesiology on behalf of approximately 70 affected employees. The NIOSH standard of 0.5 parts per million (ppm) was exceeded in one out of 20 samples for ethrane and in two of 20 samples for halothane. Nitrous-oxide concentrations exceeded the NIOSH recommended concentration of 25ppm in 6 of 65 samples. The author concludes that chemical concentrations were extremely low and did not pose an immediate danger to the health of the operating room personnel. The author recommends that concentrations be reduced to below NIOSH standards, that anesthetic equipment be checked and maintained on a regular basis and that operating rooms be monitored at least once a year to ensure that workers are not overexposed to waste anesthetic gases.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-80-521; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Anesthetics; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-8; Medical-care-facilities; Protective-equipment; Humans;
CAS No.
151-67-7; 13838-16-9; 10024-97-2;
Publication Date
19780801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-143620
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-78-80-521
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8062;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-78-80-521, 11 pages, 23 references
State
CO; OH;
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