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HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-78-103-561, Weld County Hospital, Greeley, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter-BJ
Source
NIOSH 1979 Feb:14 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00101038
Abstract
Exposure to halothane, ethrane (13838169), and nitrous oxide (10024972) in the operating rooms of Weld County Hospital (SIC-806) in Greeley, Colorado was determined on June 29, 1978. The evaluation was requested by the hospital management on behalf of the 30 workers in the operating rooms. Measured halothane concentrations ranged from below the limit of detection to 1.73 parts per million (ppm); 2 of 28 samples exceeded the NIOSH recommended concentration of 0.5ppm. Ethrane concentrations ranged from undetectable to 16ppm; 3 of 28 samples exceeded the NIOSH recommended concentration of 0.5ppm. Nitrous oxide concentrations ranged from 5 to 65ppm; 8 of 34 samples exceeded the NIOSH recommended concentration of 25ppm. The author concludes that the concentrations of anesthetic gases in the operating rooms did not pose an immediate danger to employees. The author recommends that anesthetic equipment be checked and maintained regularly, the scavenging system of the anesthetic cart be improved, and equipment be properly maintained.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-103-561; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Irritant-gases; Region-8; Anesthetics; Air-contamination; Employee-health; Employee-exposure;
CAS No.
13838-16-9; 10024-97-2;
Publication Date
19790201
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-149668
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-78-103-561
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
806;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages, 23 references
State
CO; OH;
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