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HHE Report No. HETA-88-314-2152, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.

Authors
Almaguer-D; Driscoll-RJ
Source
NIOSH 1991 Oct:27 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00204372
Abstract
In response to a confidential request from employees of the Lutheran Medical Center (SIC-8062), Brooklyn, New York, a study was conducted of exposure to noxious odors from the hospital's pathological waste incinerator. The employees suggested that infectious waste disposal practices and the manner in which the incinerator was operated were unnecessarily exposing the workers to the hazardous materials. Two of eight interviewed workers in the Nursery, Pediatrics, and Materials Delivery Departments regularly experienced nausea, headaches, dry scratchy throat, and burning eyes. Tracer gas evaluations indicated that reentrainment of incinerator/scrubber stack emissions was possible under certain conditions but there were no documented overexposures to any of the chemicals evaluated. No written respiratory protection program was in place at the time of the survey. The authors conclude that there were no documented overexposures to any of the substances evaluated, but reentrainment of incinerator/scrubber stack emissions is possible under certain meteorological conditions. The authors recommend the establishment of a written respiratory protection program. The pathological waste incinerator was shut down shortly after this survey; recommendations are provided should the incinerator ever be restarted.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-314-2152; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Ventilation-systems; Hazardous-materials; Combustion-products; Waste-disposal-systems; Health-care-personnel; Occupational-exposure; Biological-material;
Publication Date
19911001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-145838
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-88-314-2152
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8062;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-88-314-2152, 27 pages, 8 references
State
NY; OH;
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