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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-61-497, Camp Hill Animal Hospital, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
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 78-61-497, 1978 Jun; :1-12
Breathing zone and general area samples were taken for halothane (151677) at the Camp Hill Animal Hospital (SIC-0742) in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and anesthesia machines were evaluated for leakage on April 27 and 28, 1978. An evaluation request came from the employer to evaluate the potential for exposure to 6 employees and to provide information on the chronic effects of halothane. Personal breathing zone and general area samples were obtained. Eight of 9 personal breathing zone samples ranging from 4 to 21 parts per million (ppm) halothane exceeded the recommended criteria of 2ppm. Area samples averaged 1.3 to 4.7ppm. Gas leakage from gas machines ranged from 2 to over 60ppm. The author concludes that a health hazard due to halothane exposure does exist at this facility. A scavenging system should be used to recirculate unused gas, anesthetic gases should be used sparingly, equipment should be checked routinely for leaks or loose connections, and ventilation should be improved.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-61-497; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Anesthetics; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Hazardous-chemicals; Work-environment; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Employee-exposure; Analytical-instrumentation; Control-technology; Humans; Medical-care-facilities; Author Keywords: Anesthetic Agent; Halothane; Scavenging System
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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