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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-287-1942, Saint Mary-Corwin Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado.
Gunter B; Daniels W
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 88-287-1942, 1988 Dec; :1-20
In response to a request from Saint Mary-Corwin Hospital (SIC-8062) Pueblo, Colorado, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions. Concern centered around waste anesthetic gases and vapors in the main operating rooms, exposure to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) from a gas sterilizer, and exposure to solvents used in the laboratory. Personal breathing zone samples were analyzed for nitrous-oxide (10024972) (N2O), halogenated anesthetic agents, xylene (1330207), EtO, acetone (67641), and benzene (71432). The authors conclude that there were no exposures above the environmental criteria during this survey. The authors recommend specific measures including control procedures, work practices and work procedures which would reduce employee exposures in the operation rooms.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-287-1942; Region-8; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Health-care-personnel; Anesthetics; Laboratory-workers; Organic-solvents; Author Keywords: General Medical & Surgical Hospitals; nitrous-oxide; isoflurane; ethrane; halothane; waste anesthetics; scavenging ethylene oxide; sterilization; xylene; laboratory safety
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