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Industrywide studies report: a walkthrough survey of Sherwood Medical, Hook Road, Argyle, New York.
Steenland K; McCammon C
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 67-56, 1986 Jul; :1-22
In order to determine the suitability of including the Sherwood Medical Facility (SIC-3841), Argyle, New York in the industrywide mortality and industrial hygiene study of workers potentially exposed to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) in industrial sterilization processes, a walk through survey was conducted. Medical products at this facility, such as tubes and catheters, had been sterilized with EtO since 1964. Such operation ceased in 1983 and sterilization of products is contracted out to an off site location. Approximately 380 people worked at the facility at the time of the survey, of whom approximately 310 were hourly employees. Only about 400 person/years of full-time exposure would be expected from this facility, with another 600 person/years of intermittent exposure. While the personnel records were adequate to determine who was exposed based on department, and exposure data exists to broadly characterize exposure back to 1976, the number of person years to be contributed by this facility was deemed insufficient to warrant the inclusion of this facility in the industrywide study.
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