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NIOSH Testimony on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Proposed Rule: Occupational Exposure to Ethylene Oxide; Labeling Requirements by R. Lemen, April 30, 1985.
NIOSH 1985 Apr:18 pages
This testimony summarized the viewpoint of NIOSH on the proposed rule from OSHA concerning occupational exposure to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO). The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Hazard Indicators and Toxicity Categories were discussed. NIOSH recommends that the following information be carried on the front panel of EtO containers: DANGER, Fatal if inhaled. Cancer Hazard and Reproductive Hazard. Do not breathe vapors. Respiratory and protective clothing may be required. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. NIOSH believes that such a label will satisfy the requirements of both OSHA and the EPA. It will also ensure that hospital staff who operate sterilizing equipment, stationary engineers and other maintenance workers will be provided with information sufficient to understand the hazards associated with EtO. A regulatory history for EtO was also provided.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Lemen-R-A; Health-care-personnel; Carcinogens; Reproductive-hazards; Organic-vapors; Personal-protective-equipment;
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