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Determinants of the provision of ethylene oxide medical surveillance in Massachusetts hospitals.

Authors
LaMontagne-AD; Rudd-RE; Mangione-TW; Kelsey-KT
Source
J Occup Environ Med 1996 Feb; 38(2):155-168
NIOSHTIC No.
00230802
Abstract
A survey was conducted to study the determinants of the provision of medical surveillance for ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) exposure at 92 hospitals in Massachusetts. The provision of medical surveillance was found to be strongly driven by worker exposure during accidental releases. Exceeding exposure limits were not found to be related to the provision of medical surveillance. Exceeding the Action Level was not reported as a reason for providing medical surveillance. Exceeding the short term Excursion Limit was reported as the reason for medical surveillance more often than exceeding the Action Level. Employee reproductive concerns were not reported as the reason for medical surveillance. In some cases, periodic surveillance was provided on a department wide basis. There was a positive relationship between coverage of medical surveillance in training and information programs and the provision of medical surveillance. Coverage of medical surveillance in institutional policy was also a factor in the provision of medical surveillance.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Medical-surveillance; Health-care-facilities; Surveillance-programs; Medical-examinations; Carcinogens; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-exposure
Contact
Environmental Health Harvard Sch of Public Hlth 665 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115
CODEN
JOEMFM
CAS No.
75-21-8
Publication Date
19960201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
29767
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-03088
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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