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Industrywide studies report of walk-through survey of Johnson and Johnson Products, Sherman, Texas.
Steenland K; Ringenburg V
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 67-18, 1986 Mar; :1-24
A walk through survey was conducted at Johnson and Johnson Products (SIC-3842), Sherman, Texas in January, 1984. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a NIOSH industrywide study of ethylene-oxide (75218) mortality. The facility produced a large variety of gauze products, sponges, and plastic items that were sterilized with an ethylene-oxide/carbon- dioxide mixture. Cobalt-60 was also used to sterilize certain products. A review of personnel records showed that approximately 1,700 persons had been exposed to ethylene-oxide for at least 3 months. The facility could contribute approximately 18,000 person/years to the NIOSH study. The company had industrial hygiene sampling data dating back to 1977. During January, 1984, personal ethylene-oxide exposures of the sterilizer operators ranged from 0.7 to 2.4 parts per million. The company had seven functioning safety committees. Annual physical examinations and blood work up studies were required for all sterilizer operators. The authors conclude that the facility meets all of the eligibility requirements and should be included in the NIOSH study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-6; Synthetic-fibers-industry; Health-survey; Blood-analysis; Physical-examination; Physiological-measurements; Exposure-levels; Toxic-effects; IWS-67-18
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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