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Industrywide studies report: a walk-through survey of Monoject, Division of Sherwood Medical, Deland, Florida.
Elliott L; Steenland K
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 67-39, 1985 Jul; :1-20
A walkthrough survey was conducted at the Monoject Division of Sherwood Medical (SIC-3841), Deland, Florida in March, 1985. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a NIOSH mortality/industrial hygiene study of ethylene-oxide (75218) exposure. The company used ethylene-oxide from 1959 to 1982 to sterilize hypodermic needles and syringes; thereafter, it used gamma radiation. The company had approximately 700 employees, of which about 560 worked in the building where the products were sterilized. The company maintained a personnel record system that included a comprehensive work history, listing both department and job title. The facility could contribute approximately 20,000 person/years to the NIOSH study. The company had conducted some environmental and personal exposure monitoring for ethylene-oxide. An insurance carrier provided industrial hygiene expertise in the areas of safety and noise measurements. Hearing protection, safety glasses, and safety shoes were required in certain areas of the facility. Respiratory protection was not required. The authors conclude that the facility meets the eligibility requirements and should be included in the NIOSH study. As ethylene-oxide has not been used in the facility since 1982, no industrial hygiene surveys are planned.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-study; Medical-facilities; Quantitative-analysis; Workers; Exposure-levels; Air-sampling; Industrial-hazards; Respiration; Region-4
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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