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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-256-1342, Emanuel Hospital, Portland, Oregon.
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 82-256-1342, 1983 Jul; :1-13
An environmental and medical survey was conducted at Emanuel Hospital (SIC-8062) in Portland, Oregon, on July 15, 1982. The survey was conducted to determine if prostaglandins handled and mixed by pharmacy personnel were the cause of menstrual abnormalities and breast tenderness experienced by workers. The department included 18 female nurses and 5 clerks. The materials were handled and mixed in a horizontal laminar flow hood (HLFH). There is no environmental standard or recommended standard for airborne prostaglandins. A questionnaire was sent to licensed hospital pharmacies in Washington state. HLFH were used extensively among the hospitals surveyed. The authors conclude that it is not likely that exposure to prostaglandins caused the reported symptoms. They recommend discontinuance of use of the HLFH, exhausting vertical hoods to the outside, prohibition of all food consumption in the room, thorough cleaning of spills, and maintenance of a log of any adverse health effects and dates of occurrence for the identification and initiation of control procedures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Worker-health; Physiological-response; Employee-exposure; Toxic-effects; HETA-82-256-1342; Author Keywords: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; Prostaglandins; Laminar; Horizontal; Vertical; Flow Hoods; Menstrual Abnormalities
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