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HHE Report No. HETA-83-074-1525, National Jewish Hospital, Denver, Colorado.

Authors
Pryor-P
Source
NIOSH 1984 Nov:16 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00144833
Abstract
Area and breathing zone samples were analyzed for glutaraldehyde (111308) at National Jewish Hospital (SIC-8221, SIC-8062), Denver, Colorado in October, 1983. The survey was requested by a hospital representative to determine if a health hazard from glutaraldehyde existed at the facility. Medical questionnaires were administered to 11 workers. The ventilation system was inspected. Glutaraldehyde concentrations in the area and breathing zone samples ranged from not detectable to 1.5 milligram per cubic meter (mg/m3). Seventy five percent of the breathing zone and 46 percent of the area samples exceeded the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists standard of 0.7mg/m3. Nine workers reported irritative symptoms indicative of glutaraldehyde exposure. Eye and nose irritation, and throat and lung irritation were the most frequently reported symptoms. Ventilation in two of three areas where glutaraldehyde was used was not sufficient to remove glutaraldehyde vapors. The author concludes that a health hazard from glutaraldehyde exists at the facility. Recommendations include installing local exhaust ventilation in areas where glutaraldehyde is used, using personal protective clothing, and substituting less hazardous materials for glutaraldehyde if possible.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Hospital-equipment; Region-8; Laboratory-workers; Inhalants; Ventilation; Protective-clothing; HETA-83-074-1525;
CAS No.
111-30-8;
Publication Date
19841101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-208338
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-074-1525
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8221; 8062;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-074-1525, 16 pages, 15 references
State
CO; OH;
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