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HHE Report No. HETA-87-176-1826, St. James Community Hospital, Butte, Montana.

Authors
Gunter-BJ
Source
NIOSH 1987 Aug:13 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00175430
Abstract
In response to a request from the Director of Nursing Service at St. James Community Hospital (SIC-8070) located in Butte, Montana, an evaluation was made of exposures to glutaraldehyde (111308) in the respiratory therapy and sigmoidoscopy departments of the hospital, where it was used in equipment sterilization. Glutaraldehyde concentrations in three breathing zone samples were 0.25mg/m3, samples, five showed measurable concentrations ranging from 0.48 to Hygienists has set a threshold limit value of 0.7mg/m3 ceiling value for glutaraldehyde. The author concludes that no health hazard exists for glutaraldehyde in these operations. Informal interviews of technicians in the two departments did not reveal any health problems which could be attributed to glutaraldehyde exposure. Respiratory therapy equipment was cleaned in a hallway used as a passageway for other personnel. It is recommended that an improved arrangement be devised for cleaning respiratory equipment and that the area used for this purpose not be used as a hallway. The author also recommends that the ventilation system for the sigmoidoscope disinfecting operations be shared with other facilities, as it was very effective.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-87-176-1826; Region-8; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Laboratory-workers; Medical-personnel; Air-sampling; Inhalants; Aldehydes; Hospital-equipment; Nurses; Health-care-personnel;
CAS No.
111-30-8;
Publication Date
19870801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-162763
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-87-176-1826
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8070;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-176-1826, 13 pages, 13 references
State
MT; OH;
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