Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Request for assistance in controlling exposures to nitrous oxide during anesthetic administration.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1994 Apr; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00220130
Abstract
Control measures for preventing or significantly reducing exposure to nitrous-oxide (10024972) (N2O) while administering anesthetic gases were discussed. Health effects of exposure to N2O were reviewed. A large population of dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists practicing in the United States may be potentially exposed to N2O during the course of their employment. About 35% of all dentists have been reported to use N2O in their patients. Pediatric dentists using N2O increased from 65% in 1980 to 88% in 1988. The recommended exposure limit set by NIOSH for N2O was 25 parts per million (ppm) during anesthetic administration. Recommendations for safety included: monitoring airborne concentrations of N2O; implementing appropriate engineering controls; establishing good work practices and maintenance procedures; educating workers as to the standard operating procedures for all tasks that may allow exposure to N2O to occur; educating workers about proper practices, controls, equipment and protective equipment that should be used; and using guidelines to minimize exposure to N2O. Engineering controls included anesthetic delivery systems, scavenging systems, and room ventilation equipment which will enable the workers to perform their tasks without hazardous N2O exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Health-care-personnel; Dentistry; Toxic-gases; Anesthesiology; Veterinary-medicine; Air-quality-monitoring; Anesthetics; Occupational-exposure; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection
CAS No.
10024-97-2
Publication Date
19940401
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-194149
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 94-100
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
TOP