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Health hazard evaluation letter: HETA 98-0185, Stericycle facility , Loma Linda, California.

Authors
Boudreau-Y; Weber-AM
Source
NIOSH 1999 Dec; 1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
20024907
Abstract
In October, 1998, NIOSH investigators reported the potential for occupational transmission of Mtb and bloodborne pathogens to workers at the Stericycle medical waste processing facility in Morton, Washington. Because there was a Stericycle facility in Loma Linda, California which operated a waste treatment process similar to the one at the Stericycle facility in Morton, Washington, the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Health Services (OHBCDH) representatives requested the help of NIOSH to evaluate similar types of exposures at the Loma Linda facility. This letter summarizes the health hazard evaluation (HHE) conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Stericycle facility in Loma Linda, California. NIOSH investigated the potential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and bloodborne pathogen (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the human immunodeficiency virus) transmission to employees from their exposure to medical waste.
Keywords
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Medical-services; Hazardous-materials; Waste-treatment; Bloodborne-pathogens; Bacterial-disease; AIDS-virus; Hepatitis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-9; Exposure-assessment; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Denver Field Office, Denver Federal Center, P.O. Box 25226, Denver, CO 80225-0226
Publication Date
19991202
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
HETA-98-0185
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; OD
SIC Code
9999
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; CO; GA
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