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Industrywide studies report of walk-through survey of Johnson and Johnson Products, Sherman, Texas.

Authors
Steenland-K; Ringenburg-V
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, IWS 67-18, 1986 Mar; :1-24
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00159092
Abstract
A walk through survey was conducted at Johnson and Johnson Products (SIC-3842), Sherman, Texas in January, 1984. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a NIOSH industrywide study of ethylene-oxide (75218) mortality. The facility produced a large variety of gauze products, sponges, and plastic items that were sterilized with an ethylene-oxide/carbon- dioxide mixture. Cobalt-60 was also used to sterilize certain products. A review of personnel records showed that approximately 1,700 persons had been exposed to ethylene-oxide for at least 3 months. The facility could contribute approximately 18,000 person/years to the NIOSH study. The company had industrial hygiene sampling data dating back to 1977. During January, 1984, personal ethylene-oxide exposures of the sterilizer operators ranged from 0.7 to 2.4 parts per million. The company had seven functioning safety committees. Annual physical examinations and blood work up studies were required for all sterilizer operators. The authors conclude that the facility meets all of the eligibility requirements and should be included in the NIOSH study.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Synthetic-fibers-industry; Health-survey; Blood-analysis; Physical-examination; Physiological-measurements; Exposure-levels; Toxic-effects; IWS-67-18
CAS No.
75-21-8;
Publication Date
19860306
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-222635
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-67-18
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3842
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; OH
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