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HHE Report No. HETA-82-303-1271, St. Francis Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Authors
Thoburn-TW; Belanger-PL
Source
NIOSH 1983 Mar:10 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00178932
Abstract
In response to a request from a representative of the International Longshoremen's Workers Union, Local 142, an evaluation was made of formaldehyde (50000) exposures at the St. Francis Hospital Hemodialysis Center (SIC-8081), Honolulu, Hawaii. Several employees were suffering from flu/like respiratory ailments. Concentrations of airborne formaldehyde (50000) at the facility ranged from 0.04 to 1.28 parts per million (ppm). Formaldehyde entered the work room atmosphere through a drain line and from three jars whose lids were not put on tightly. Cleaning the dialysis consoles also resulted in brief increases in formaldehyde exposure. A few of the workers did experience prolonged adverse health effects from formaldehyde, suggesting they had a hypersensitivity and/or allergic basis for this reaction. The authors conclude that a health hazard did exist from formaldehyde exposures. The authors recommend that the Lixivitron sterilization system be isolated from the patient area in case of inadvertent spills. Better work practices could be maintained if a specific individual were assigned to sterilizing the dialyzers as a primary duty. Workers should be informed about the risks of formaldehyde exposure.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-82-303-1271; Region-9; Hazard-Confirmed; Health-care-personnel; Hospital-equipment; Air-contamination;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 50-00-0;
Publication Date
19830301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-209444
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-303-1271
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8081;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-303-1271, 10 pages, 13 references
State
HI; OH;
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