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NIOSH Testimony on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Proposed Rule on Occupational Exposure to Ethylene Oxide by J. D. Millar, February 22, 1988.
NIOSH 1988 Feb:13 pages
This testimony concerned the position of NIOSH regarding exposure to ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) at the workplace. The data that NIOSH presented to OSHA clearly indicated that exposure to EtO can be controlled to the limit of 5 parts per million (ppm) for 10 minutes and to less than 0.1ppm for an 8 hour work shift. NIOSH investigators have examined sterilizer control systems in nine hospitals and have found that the results support these conclusions. The controls used in these hospitals included modification of the sterilizer cycle to reduce end of cycle EtO concentrations inside the sterilizer chamber, local exhaust ventilation at the vacuum pump discharge, and local exhaust above the sterilizer door. Several work practices were also noted to provide additional safety to the workers. The studies of NIOSH have demonstrated that a health hazard exists to employees from EtO exposures and that one of the major problems arises from the installation of EtO sterilizers without a dedicated exhaust.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Reproductive-hazards; Hospital-equipment; Health-care-personnel; Carcinogens; Work-practices;
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NIOSH, 13 pages, 31 references
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