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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-198-1560, Division of Public Health Laboratories, State Of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio.
Behrens V; Burroughs GE
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 84-198-1560, 1985 Feb; :1-11
Breathing zone and environmental samples were analyzed for ethylene- oxide (75218) and organic solvent vapors at the Public Health Laboratory, State of Ohio (SIC-9431), Columbus, Ohio, on March 26 and 27, 1984. The evaluation was requested because of employee complaints of mucous membrane and skin irritation while they poured gonorrhea culture media into petri dishes that had been sterilized with ethylene-oxide. Two employees were observed for symptoms as they poured culture media. No detectable concentrations of ethylene- oxide and insignificant concentrations of organic solvent vapors were found. No significant symptoms of irritation were noticed. The authors conclude that the environmental cause of the health problems cannot be determined due to the lack of symptoms on the days of the survey. Without taking measurements on the exact day when conspicuous symptoms occur, it is difficult to determine the source of the problem. General recommendations include checking the general air circulation in the media laboratory and encouraging employees to wear gloves that protect hands and wrists while pouring culture media.
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