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Preliminary survey report: control technology for ethylene oxide sterilization in hospitals, Selby General Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 146-16a, 1985 Aug; :1-14
A survey of control technology for reducing exposure during ethylene- oxide (75218) sterilization was conducted at Selby General Hospital (SIC-8062), Marietta, Ohio on August 30, 1984. The Central Services Department performed ethylene-oxide sterilization for obstetrics, neonatal care, respiratory therapy, cytology, isolation cases, and surgery. Engineering controls consisted of isolation of the sterilizer and aerators, local exhaust ventilation, a continuous fresh air purge on the sterilization cycle, in chamber aeration of the sterilizers, and general exhaust ventilation of the Central Services Department and the sterilizer room. Ethylene-oxide monitoring and preventive maintenance were provided by outside contractors. Monitoring data indicated exposures of less than 1 part per million. Work practices for ethylene-oxide handling and sterilizer operations were specified in a procedure/policy manual. The author concludes that the Central Services Department has instituted control technology that minimizes employee exposure to ethylene-oxide. The hospital should be considered a candidate for an in depth survey in a NIOSH study of control technology for ethylene-oxide sterilization in hospitals.
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