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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-79-19, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Burroughs GE; Shutte NP
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 79-19, 1980 Jun; :1-8
An environmental survey was conducted on May 10, 1979 at Good Samaritan Hospital (SIC-8062) in Cincinnati, Ohio. The director of Safety and Security at the hospital requested the investigation to determine the hazards presented by elemental mercury (7439976) exposure in areas where instruments using this substance are used or repaired. Time weighted average (TWA) exposures were measured and various locations were surveyed to determine possible sources of mercury contamination. One TWA measurement indicated an exposure equivalent to the OSHA standard of 100 micrograms per cubic meter (micrograms/m3), but the cause for this reading was the breakage of a thermometer which contaminated the nurse's uniform. Other TWA measurements ranged from 5 to 23 micrograms/m3. In a few locations, where mercury droplets were thought to collect, measurements made by a direct reading mercury analyzer ranged from less than 10 to greater than 1,000 micrograms/m3. The authors conclude that no health hazard from mercury exposure exists at the hospital. They recommend continuation of good work practices and implementation of additional safety precautions.
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