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Current intelligence bulletin 52 - Ethylene oxide sterilizers in health care facilities - engineering controls and work practices.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1989 Jul; :1-23
NIOSHTIC No.
20000236
Abstract
This bulletin identifies potential sources of ethylene oxide (EtO) exposure from gas sterilizers in health care facilities and describes control methods recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A complete system for controlling EtO exposures from gas sterilizers consists of both specific and general controls. The purpose of specific control methods such as the use of engineering controls, good work practices, and personal protective equipment is to protect workers at known and potential discharge points of EtO in the sterilizer system. General control methods such as equipment maintenance and workplace monitoring assure safe operation and provide timely feedback about the effectiveness of controls. Other general control methods include a good respiratory protection program and the labeling and posting of hazards.
Keywords
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Control-technology; Work-practices; Hospital-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Cancer; Reproductive-hazards
CAS No.
75-21-8
Publication Date
19890713
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Current Intelligence Bulletin
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-142571
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 89-115; CIB 52
NIOSH Division
DSDTT
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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