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Industrywide studies report, a walk through survey of Ross Laboratories, Division of Abbott Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio.
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 67-35, 1985 Oct; :1-13
A walk through survey was conducted at Ross Laboratories, a Division of Abbott Laboratories (SIC-2023, SIC-3069), Columbus, Ohio in August, 1985. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a NIOSH industry wide mortality/industrial hygiene survey of ethylene-oxide (75218). The facility produced infant formula and infant related products, including nipples. The nipples were sterilized with a 12 percent ethylene-oxide/88 percent freon mixture until 1982. After that time, sterilization was performed off site by an independent company. Limited industrial hygiene monitoring for ethylene-oxide had been performed by the company. The data indicated that ethylene- oxide exposures were limited to the room containing the sterilizers. Personnel records existed only back to 1977 to 1978. The company had a full time nurse on the first and second shifts. A physician was available on a contract basis. New employees were given preemployment physicals. Employees received annual physicals until 1982 after which they became optional. The physicals did not include any components relating to ethylene-oxide exposure. The authors conclude that the personnel records are not adequate to identify a cohort of exposed individuals at the facility. The facility will not be included in the NIOSH study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-study; Laboratories; Toxic-effects; Analytical-instruments; Chromatographic-analysis; Biological-effects; Toxicology; Region-5
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