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

HHE report no. HETA-97-0062-2662, New Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Authors
McCammon-C; Daniels-W; Lee-S
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 97-0062-2662, 1997 Oct; :1-24
NIOSHTIC No.
00241059
Abstract
In response to a request from the Safety and Health Manager, a survey was conducted at the New Alaska Native Medical Center (SIC- 8062), Anchorage, Alaska, shortly after the hospital opened. Concern was expressed regarding the monitoring for ethylene-oxide (75218) (ETO), waste anesthetic gases in the operating room suites, cold sterilants, dark room chemicals, laboratory chemicals used in pathology, and nitrous-oxide (10024972) used in dental operations. Exposures to glutaraldehyde (111308), acetic-acid (64197), hydroquinone (123319), ethylene-oxide (75218), formaldehyde (50000), xylene (1330207), and volatile organic compounds were all well below any evaluation criteria. Only three of 50 samples for wastes anesthetics in the Operating Room Suites were above the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits of 25 parts per million for nitrous- oxide and 2 parts per million for halogenated anesthetics per procedure. The three elevated samples were all associated with pediatric dental rehabilitation cases where sevoflurane was used. The author concludes that chemical exposure in the new hospital were, in general, minimal. The author recommends the creation of a negative pressure in the dark room area of the X-ray processors; a better storage system for tissue samples in formalin; ventilation adjustments in the dental suites; and drain trap filling on routine maintenance.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-97-0062-2662; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-10; Laboratory-workers; Health-care-personnel; Anesthetics; Toxic-gases; Sterility; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Author Keywords: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; hospitals; acetic acid; desflurane; ethylene oxide; ormaldehyde; glutaraldehyde; hydroquinone; isoflurane; nitrous oxide; sevoflurane; waste anesthetic gases; volatile organic compounds; VOCs
CAS No.
75-21-8; 10024-97-2; 111-30-8; 64-19-7; 123-31-9; 75-21-8; 50-00-0; 1330-20-7
Publication Date
19971001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-137631
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-97-0062-2662
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AK; OH
TOP