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Control of nitrous oxide in dental operatories.

Authors
McGlothlin-JD; Dames-BL; Flesch-JP
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Apr; 14(4):218-220
NIOSHTIC No.
20031556
Abstract
Dental workers are exposed to nitrous oxide (N2O) during administration of this anesthetic gas to patients. Exposures should be minimized to prevent short-term behavioral and long-term reproductive health effects that can be produced by N2O. NIOSH research has shown controls including system maintenance, ventilation, and work practices can effectively reduce N2O concentrations in dental operations to approximately 25 ppm during analgesia administration, the exposure limit recommended by NIOSH. Uncontrolled exposures to N2O have exceeded 1000 ppm.
Keywords
Dentistry; Anesthetics; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-exposure; Ventilation-systems; Dentists; Air-monitoring
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
10024-97-2
Publication Date
19990401
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
EID; DPSE
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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