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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-261-1448, Rolling Hill Hospital, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
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 83-261-1448, 1984 Apr; :1-10
In response to a request by the Assistant Administrator of Rolling Hill Hospital (SIC-8062), Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, a study was undertaken of exposures to formaldehyde (50000) and xylene (1330207). The areas of concern were the Gross Pathology Laboratory where tissue was preserved in a 10% formalin solution with a phosphate prior to visual examination, and the Cytology and Histology laboratories where organic solvents were used to prepare slides for microscopic evaluation. Five air samples were collected along with personal sampling for formaldehyde determinations and three breathing zone and one general air sample were collected for xylene determination. Limonene (138863) and ethyl-benzene (100414) were also present in the air. The author concludes that a health hazard did not exist from exposure to organic solvent vapors. The author recommends that measures be taken to further control exposure to formaldehyde gas in the laboratory, including establishment of a regular maintenance program for the charcoal filter, wiping up all spills promptly, and establishing a program of prompt disposal of the wipe towels.
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