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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0239-2553, St. Vincent Medical Center, Staten Island, New York.
Kiefer M; Lushniak BD
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 95-0239-2553, 1995 Dec; :1-24
In response to a request from the St. Vincent Medical Center (SIC- 8062) Staten Island, New York, an investigation was begun into indoor environmental quality and employee health concerns in the Labor and Delivery, Maternity, and Newborn Nursery wards on the second floor of the Sister Loretta Bernard building. Employees health complaints included skin rashes, asthma, congestion, hives, and throat irritation. Carbon-dioxide (124389) levels varied, but were within standard limits. Temperatures were well within acceptable ranges and relative humidity levels were at the high end of acceptable. Only trace amounts of volatile organic compounds were noted in ambient air. Personal samples for glutaraldehyde (111308) exposure showed 0.06 parts per million, well below the ceiling limit. The authors conclude that no obvious environmental explanation was found for the symptoms and complaints experienced. The authors recommend that improvements be made in ventilation systems, and that eye and face protection be provided during the use of glutaraldehyde. Latex free and powder free gloves should be provided for personnel with latex allergies.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0239-2553; Region-2; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Health-care-personnel; Skin-disorders; Indoor-air-pollution; Allergic-reactions; Work-environment; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; indoor environmental quality; IAQ; latex allergy; VOCs; glutaraldehyde; anaphylactic reaction
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