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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-2003-0205-3032, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.

Authors
Achutan-C; Mortimer-V
Source
NIOSH 2007 Mar; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20031724
Abstract
On March 24, 2003, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to conduct a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) in Brooklyn, New York. The survey was conducted July 30 -August 1, 2003. Air monitoring was conducted in the endoscopy unit for glutaraldehyde and indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and ventilation measurements were taken in the operating room, intensive care unit (ICU), and emergency department at the main facility. IEQ measurements were also taken at the methadone clinic, which is at a separate location. Confidential interviews were conducted with twelve employees in the ICU at the main IMC facility, and an informal interview was conducted with three employees at the methadone clinic. OSHA logs were reviewed as well. Glutaraldehyde levels in air were well below applicable occupational exposure limits. However, approximately half the rooms at the main IMC facility lacked adequate ventilation and there was no mechanical ventilation system in place at the methadone clinic. Some employees were concerned about inadequate ventilation in their workplace. Another mentioned that there was a delay in learning whether a patient had a communicable disease. Employees also expressed satisfaction with management's timely response to their complaints. OSHA logs showed that there were 80 cases of workplace violence over a 2-year period. The NIOSH evaluation identified areas in the main IMC facility with inadequate ventilation. Ventilation at the methadone clinic was nonexistent, leading to complaints of heat exhaustion among employees. NIOSH investigators recommend consultation with ventilation engineers who are familiar with hospital facilities to improve ventilation. NIOSH investigators recommend addressing workplace violence, improving communication between management at the main IMC facility and management at the methadone clinic, as well as between employees and management at the methadone clinic.
Keywords
Region-2; Hazards-Confirmed; Medical-facilities; Health-hazards; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-air-pollution; Environmental-factors; Heat-stress; Workplace-studies; Engineering-controls; Cancer; Narcotics; Injury-prevention; Indoor-environmental-quality
CAS No.
111-30-8; 124-38-9
Publication Date
20070301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-104911
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-2003-0205-3032
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
NAICS-622110
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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