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Industrywide studies report of an industrial hygiene survey of Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown, Ohio.
Ringenburg VL; Molina D; Elliott LJ
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 152-20, 1986 Aug; :1-28
Occupational exposure of workers to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) was examined at the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SIC-8051), Newcomerstown, Ohio. Two of six side by side short term personal breathing zone (BZ) exposure levels, determined while the sterilizer operator unloaded the EtO sterilizer unit, exceeded NIOSH recommended short term levels of 5 parts per million (ppm) for any 10 minute period per workday. Three of 12 personal BZ exposure levels exceeded the NIOSH recommended standard of less than 0.1ppm for an 8 hour time weighted average. Measurable levels of EtO, ranging from 0.18 to 14.5ppm were detected in the storage room where the EtO sterilized items were aerated. No general or local exhaust ventilation was available in either the EtO sterilizer room or storage and aeration room where the sterilizer operator's and ward secretary's work stations were located. The authors conclude that EtO exposure potential at the nursing and rehabilitation center could be reduced by improving administrative controls, work practices, and engineering controls. Recommended improvements include the following: designation of the EtO sterilizer room as a restricted area; installation of dedicated exhaust ventilation for the sterilizer and the sterilizer room; institute work practices to reduce personal exposure; and conduct a safety training course regarding use of the EtO sterilizer.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Oxides; Ethylenes; Fumigants; Nurses; Medical-personnel
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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