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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-176-1826, St. James Community Hospital, Butte, Montana.

Authors
Gunter-BJ
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 87-176-1826, 1987 Aug; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00175430
Abstract
In response to a request from the Director of Nursing Service at St. James Community Hospital (SIC-8070) located in Butte, Montana, an evaluation was made of exposures to glutaraldehyde (111308) in the respiratory therapy and sigmoidoscopy departments of the hospital, where it was used in equipment sterilization. Glutaraldehyde concentrations in three breathing zone samples were 0.25mg/m3, samples, five showed measurable concentrations ranging from 0.48 to Hygienists has set a threshold limit value of 0.7mg/m3 ceiling value for glutaraldehyde. The author concludes that no health hazard exists for glutaraldehyde in these operations. Informal interviews of technicians in the two departments did not reveal any health problems which could be attributed to glutaraldehyde exposure. Respiratory therapy equipment was cleaned in a hallway used as a passageway for other personnel. It is recommended that an improved arrangement be devised for cleaning respiratory equipment and that the area used for this purpose not be used as a hallway. The author also recommends that the ventilation system for the sigmoidoscope disinfecting operations be shared with other facilities, as it was very effective.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-87-176-1826; Region-8; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Laboratory-workers; Medical-personnel; Air-sampling; Inhalants; Aldehydes; Hospital-equipment; Nurses; Health-care-personnel;
CAS No.
111-30-8
Publication Date
19870801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-162763
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-87-176-1826
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8070
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MT; OH
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