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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-77-112-447, The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, New York.
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 77-112-447, 1977 Dec; :1-14
A Health Hazard Evaluation determination was performed by NIOSH on September 20-22, 1977, in the operating suite of the Hospital for Special Surgery (SIC-8069), New York City, New York. The survey was prompted by a request from the management expressing concern that, despite the presence of a scavenging system, a quantitative analysis of operating room exposures to anesthetic gases was not available. On the basis of environmental sampling, it was concluded that exposures to nitrous-oxide (10024972), halothane (151677) and enflurane, presented a hazard to the operating room personnel. On the contrary, exposures to methyl-methacrylate (80626) did not present a hazard to the employees. Recommendations are made for the control of waste anesthetic gases and vapors in operating rooms.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-77-112-447; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Air-quality-measurement; Toxicology; Toxic-chemicals; Health-care-facilities; Halogenated-hydrocarbons; Nitrogen-oxides; Cements; Air-sampling; Air-contamination; Anesthetics; Author Keywords: Nitrous Oxide; Halothane; Enflurane; Methyl Methacrylate; Bone Cement; Waste Anesthetic Gases
10024-97-2; 151-67-7; 80-62-6
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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