Preliminary Survey Report: Control Technology For Ethylene Oxide Sterilization In Hospitals, Report No. CT-146-16a, Selby General Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.
NIOSH 1985 Aug:14 pages
A survey of control technology for reducing exposure during ethylene- oxide (75218) sterilization was conducted at Selby General Hospital (SIC-8062), Marietta, Ohio on August 30, 1984. The Central Services Department performed ethylene-oxide sterilization for obstetrics, neonatal care, respiratory therapy, cytology, isolation cases, and surgery. Engineering controls consisted of isolation of the sterilizer and aerators, local exhaust ventilation, a continuous fresh air purge on the sterilization cycle, in chamber aeration of the sterilizers, and general exhaust ventilation of the Central Services Department and the sterilizer room. Ethylene-oxide monitoring and preventive maintenance were provided by outside contractors. Monitoring data indicated exposures of less than 1 part per million. Work practices for ethylene-oxide handling and sterilizer operations were specified in a procedure/policy manual. The author concludes that the Central Services Department has instituted control technology that minimizes employee exposure to ethylene-oxide. The hospital should be considered a candidate for an in depth survey in a NIOSH study of control technology for ethylene-oxide sterilization in hospitals.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Medical-services; Field-Study; Ventilation; Workers; Air-monitoring; Analytical-instruments; Exposure-levels; Allergic-disorders; Respiration; CT-146-16a; Region-5;
Field Studies; Control Technology
NTIS Accession No.
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology;
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-146-16a, 14 pages