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Industrywide studies report of a walk-through survey of the H.W. Andersen Products Company, Incorporated, Oyster Bay, New York.
Elliott LJ; Stayner L
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 67-44, 1986 Aug; :1-10
The possibility of including the H.W. Anderson Products Company, Incorporated (SIC-3841), located in Oyster Bay, New York, in an industrywide study report on possible worker exposure to ethylene- oxide (75218) (EtO) was considered. The facility housed an Anprolene ampule filling operation, a remote EtO storage area, and product packaging and storage areas. Sterilizer equipment was also manufactured at the facility and there was a machine shop and plastics molding area for patient care products (body cavity drainage pumps and drainage tubing). EtO was used to sterilize these products before final packaging. The medical history files for this facility contained no data for employees terminated prior to 1981. Also, data allowing the identification of jobs which have and those which do not have potential exposures to EtO were not available. Respirators were required to be worn in some areas and job operations. While the employees were instructed in the use of the individual respirator, no fit testing, formal training, or maintenance program for the respirator units was carried out. Due to the lack of personnel records, the authors recommend that this facility not be included in the EtO mortality study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-2; Fumigants; Fungicides; Medical-equipment
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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