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Health hazard evaluation report, HETA 98-0027-2709, Stericycle, Inc., Morton, Washington.

Authors
Weber-AM; Boudreau-Y; Mortimer-VD
Source
NIOSH 1998 Oct; :1-44
NIOSHTIC No.
20000030
Abstract
At the request of Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and Department of Health (DOH), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated the potential for occupational exposures to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and bloodborne pathogens from the processing of medical waste. Events leading to the request for technical assistance included an outbreak of suspected occupationally-related tuberculosis (TB) among employees at Stericycle, Inc. in Morton, Washington. An initial site visit was conducted November 18-20, 1997, and a subsequent evaluation of the facility was performed January 26-29, 1998. The information contained in this report reflects conditions at the facility at the time of these evaluations. An interim report, including initial recommendations, was distributed on March 13, 1998.
Keywords
Health-hazard; Occupational-safety-and-health; Medical-wastes; Exposures; Bacteria; Pathogens; Site-visits; Recommendations; Medical-evaluations; Tuberculosis; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-10
Publication Date
19981001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-145609
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-98-0027-2709
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9999
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; WA
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