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Industrywide studies report: a walk-through survey of American McGaw (American Hospital Supply Corporation), Milledgeville, GA.
Stayner L; Greife A
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 67-36, 1985 Mar; :1-16
A walk through survey of American McGaw (SIC-2834), a division of American Hospital Supply Corporation, Milledgeville, Georgia, was conducted in January, 1985. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in an industrywide NIOSH mortality/industrial hygiene study of workers exposed to ethylene-oxide (75218). The facility used an ethylene- oxide/freon mixture, 12 percent ethylene-oxide, from 1962 to 1975 to sterilize intravenous administration sets. The product line, including the sterilization process, was relocated to Puerto Rico in 1975. Although personnel records existed from all current and former employees, job and department titles used were not specific enough to separate exposed from nonexposed workers. No industrial hygiene monitoring for ethylene-oxide was ever conducted by the company. There was no facility wide use of personal protective equipment, although hearing protection and safety glasses and shoes were required in some areas. There was reported use of respirators in the late 1960s; however, no details were available. The company employed a physician assistant on the first shift and a licensed practical nurse on the second shift. The authors conclude that the facility should not be included in the NIOSH study; it is not possible to reliably determine the extent of exposure.
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