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Preliminary survey report no. CT-146-14a, control technology for ethylene oxide sterilization in hospitals at Euclid General Hospital, Euclid, Ohio.

Authors
Kercher-SL
Source
NIOSH 1984 Dec; :1-16
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00145164
Abstract
A preliminary survey of control technology for reducing ethylene- oxide (75218) exposure during ethylene-oxide sterilization operations at Euclid General Hospital (SIC-8062), Euclid, Ohio was conducted in August, 1984. The purpose of the survey was to determine if the facility should be included in a NIOSH ethylene- oxide control technology assessment. Sterilization operations were conducted by the Central Services department. Engineering controls consisted of isolation of the sterilization equipment, and local exhaust and general ventilation. Local exhaust ventilation consisted of hoods, four louvered vents located above the sterilizers, and ducts from the aerator and sterilizer safety relief valves. General ventilation consisted of three supply air diffusers and a system that kept the decontamination room behind the sterilizers under negative pressure. All workers were provided with information on the hazards of ethylene-oxide exposure and its proper handling. Employees were encouraged to wear protective cotton gloves when using the equipment. Environmental and continuous monitoring systems were in place. The continuous monitoring system was set to alarm when ethylene-oxide concentrations reached 20 parts per million. The author concludes that the facility has a sound program for ethylene-oxide control. The facility is recommended for inclusion into the NIOSH survey.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Field-Study; Medical-facilities; Toxic-vapors; Fumigants; Ventilation-systems; Industrial-hygiene; Safety-clothing; Protective-clothing; Region-5; CT-146-14a
CAS No.
75-21-8
Publication Date
19841201
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-221307
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-146-14a
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-146-14a, 16 pages
State
OH
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