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HHE determination report no. HHE-75-151-259, Winchester Hospital, Winchester, Massachusetts.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 75-151-259, 1976 Jan; :1-15
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on September 29-30 and October 1, 1975, at the Winchester Hospital (SIC-8062), in Winchester, Massachusetts, to determine the concentrations of waste anesthetic gases and vapors to which operating room personnel were being exposed. The survey was prompted by a request from the management regarding the exposure of the approximately 80 affected employees. On the basis of environmental sampling, it was determined that concentrations of nitrous-oxide (10024972) measured in the operating rooms greatly exceeded 30ppm and that the concentrations of halothane (151677) were usually in excess of the vapors but not the nitrous-oxide. Recommendations are made for effective control of both anesthetics.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-75-151-259; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-1; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Health-care-facilities; Medical-personnel; Nitrogen-oxides; Halogenated-hydrocarbons; Author Keywords: waste anesthetic gases and vapors; scavenging; nitrous oxide; halothane; operating room
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