HHE Report No. HETA-88-287-1942, Saint Mary-Corwin Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado.
NIOSH 1988 Dec:20 pages
In response to a request from Saint Mary-Corwin Hospital (SIC-8062) Pueblo, Colorado, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions. Concern centered around waste anesthetic gases and vapors in the main operating rooms, exposure to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) from a gas sterilizer, and exposure to solvents used in the laboratory. Personal breathing zone samples were analyzed for nitrous-oxide (10024972) (N2O), halogenated anesthetic agents, xylene (1330207), EtO, acetone (67641), and benzene (71432). The authors conclude that there were no exposures above the environmental criteria during this survey. The authors recommend specific measures including control procedures, work practices and work procedures which would reduce employee exposures in the operation rooms.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-287-1942; Region-8; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Health-care-personnel; Anesthetics; Laboratory-workers; Organic-solvents;
75-21-8; 10024-97-2; 1330-20-7; 67-64-1; 71-43-2;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-88-287-1942, 20 pages, 35 references