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Industrywide studies report: a walk-through survey of professional medical products, Greenwood, South Carolina.
Greife A; 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 67-46, 1985 Aug; :1-22
A walk through survey of Professional Medical Products (SIC-3841) in Greenwood, South Carolina was conducted in June, 1985. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a NIOSH industrywide mortality/industrial hygiene study of ethylene-oxide (75218). The facility used ethylene-oxide to sterilize various medical products from 1962 to 1985. Ethylene- oxide use was discontinued in February, 1985. The company currently used outside contractors for sterilization. Approximately 750 people (515 hourly workers) were employed at the facility. Review of the personnel records showed that the facility could contribute approximately 10,000 person/years to the NIOSH study. Company ethylene-oxide data showed that control measures installed over the years reduced employee exposures. The facility employed a full time occupational nurse. Preemployment physical examinations were given to all new employees. Starting in 1980, all sterilizer operators and packers received annual physical examinations; examinations did not include cytogenetic testing. The authors conclude that the facility meets eligibility requirements for the NIOSH study; it can contribute at least 400 person/years; it had adequate personnel records to indicate individual exposures; and a serious confounding exposure to a known leukemogen does not exist. Inclusion of the facility in the NIOSH study is recommended.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-study; Medical-facilities; Air-sampling-equipment; Biological-effects; Quantitative-analysis; Exposure-levels; Job-analysis; Biology; Region-4
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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