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Industrywide studies report: a walk-through survey of Becton, Dickinson And Company, Oxnard, California.
Morawetz JS; Stayner L
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 67-30, 1984 Jan; :1-20
A walkthrough survey was conducted at Becton Dickinson Labware, Becton, Dickinson, and Company (SIC-3079) in Oxnard, California in August, 1984. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a mortality/industrial hygiene study of ethylene-oxide (75218) being conducted by NIOSH. The company manufactured plastic disposable lab ware. Ethylene-oxide was used to sterilize the products from 1969 to 1980, after which it was phased out and the use of gamma radiation from a cobalt-60 source for sterilization was phased in. No ethylene-oxide was used after 1982. Company monitoring data showed ethylene-oxide exposures of 0.6 to 5.0 parts per million in 1980. The company had personnel records for 650 active and 2,448 former employees. The facility could contribute 2,560 person/years to the NIOSH study. The authors conclude that the facility meets the eligibility requirements for inclusion in the NIOSH study: having at least 400 person/years of exposure, adequate personnel records, and no serious confounding exposure to a known leukemogen. It should be included in the study. Since ethylene-oxide is no longer used, an industrial hygiene survey of the facility is not planned.
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