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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-350-932, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-350-932, 1981 Aug; :1-6
Worker exposures to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) were surveyed on June 9, 1981 at Ellis Hospital (SIC-8062) in Schenectady, New York. The evaluation was requested by the hospital management on behalf of an unspecified number of workers in the sterilization area where EtO was used. Eight general area air samples were collected for analysis, and one personal samples was taken. Environmental EtO concentrations ranged up to 7 parts per million (ppm), well below the OSHA limit of 50ppm. Exposures to the person who opened the sterilizer were 4ppm, with 7ppm found in the immediate work area. The author concludes that EtO exposures do not exceed acceptable limits, but due to the potential carcinogenicity of the agent, all exposures should be minimized. Recommendations include restricting the number of people and the time spent in the sterilization area, checking equipment for leaks and improving the ventilation above the gas cylinder.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Workplace-studies; Health-surveys; Medical-personnel; Air-contamination; Tolerance-threshold; Occupational-health-programs; Toxic-gases; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; Ethylene Oxide; Sterilizer
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