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Determinants of the provision of ethylene oxide medical surveillance in Massachusetts hospitals.
LaMontagne AD; Rudd RE; Mangione TW; Kelsey KT
J Occup Environ Med 1996 Feb; 38(2):155-168
A survey was conducted to study the determinants of the provision of medical surveillance for ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) exposure at 92 hospitals in Massachusetts. The provision of medical surveillance was found to be strongly driven by worker exposure during accidental releases. Exceeding exposure limits were not found to be related to the provision of medical surveillance. Exceeding the Action Level was not reported as a reason for providing medical surveillance. Exceeding the short term Excursion Limit was reported as the reason for medical surveillance more often than exceeding the Action Level. Employee reproductive concerns were not reported as the reason for medical surveillance. In some cases, periodic surveillance was provided on a department wide basis. There was a positive relationship between coverage of medical surveillance in training and information programs and the provision of medical surveillance. Coverage of medical surveillance in institutional policy was also a factor in the provision of medical surveillance.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Medical-surveillance; Health-care-facilities; Surveillance-programs; Medical-examinations; Carcinogens; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-exposure
Environmental Health Harvard Sch of Public Hlth 665 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115
Issue of Publication
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
Page last reviewed: December 4, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division