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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-003-785, Steven Janowitz, D. D. S., Alexandria, Virginia.

Authors
Horan-JM; Love-J
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-003-785, 1980 Dec; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00111988
Abstract
Medical interviews were conducted and medical records were reviewed at a dental office (SIC-8021) in Alexandria, Virginia, on November 8, 1979. The evaluation was requested by employees to determine the cause of excess of urinary tract infections among female staff members. The office employed 21 persons. Forty women were employed by the dental office since it opened in 1976. Twelve of the 40 were reported to have had urinary tract infections while employed. Mercury (7439976), nitrous-oxide (10024972), and Cidex (111308) were used in the dental office but did not cause urinary infection. No relationship was found between job category or duration of employment and risk of infection. The authors note that the incidence of urinary infection in this population is not greater than expected in a population with a history of recurrent urinary tract infection. The authors conclude that there is no reported direct causal association between the chemicals used in the dental office and urinary infections. They recommend frequent voiding as a measure for the reduction of the incidence of urinary infections and that employees have adequate bathroom facilities available to use. If public facilities are not available for frequent use, the dental office should provide a bathroom for its employees.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-003-785; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Urogenital-system-disorders; Women; Risk-factors; Author Keywords: Office of Dentist; Mercury; Nitrous Oxide; Urinary Tract Infections
CAS No.
7439-97-6; 10024-97-2; 111-30-8
Publication Date
19801201
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-150152
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-80-003-785
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8021
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
VA; OH
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