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HHE Report No. HETA-92-0377-2625, Health and Rehabilitative Service, Office of Laboratory Services, Jacksonville, Florida.

Authors
Tubbs-RL; Trout-D; Bresler-F
Source
NIOSH 1997 Apr:21 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00237089
Abstract
In response to a request from the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, an investigation was begun regarding occupational transmission of tuberculosis among state employees in laboratories where clinical specimens were processed. The Florida Health and Rehabilitative Services laboratories (SIC-8071) in Miami, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach were examined; there were 95 employees at the three sites. Of these, 39 met the criteria for participation in the evaluation of tuberculin skin test conversion rates. Documented conversions were noted in nine persons between March 1989 and September 1992. Ventilation systems were evaluated at two of the three laboratories. The authors conclude that workers performing laboratory and clerical work with viable Mycobacterium- tuberculosis specimens may be at increased risk of becoming infected. However, the limitations of this study make it difficult to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the risk of occupational transmission of tuberculosis at these laboratories. The authors recommend specific measures to reduce the risk and improve the working environment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0377-2625; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Laboratory-workers; Disease-transmission; Bacterial-infections; Infection-control; Skin-tests; Ventilation-systems;
Publication Date
19970401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-187397
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0377-2625
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8071;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-0377-2625, 21 pages, 19 references
State
FL; OH;
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