Training and medical surveillance under OSHA's EtO standard, final performance summary report.
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 1996 Jun; :1-7
The implementation of the exposure monitoring, training, and medical surveillance provision of OSHA's 1984 ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) standard in the hospital setting was evaluated. An attempt was made to identify strengths and weaknesses of medical surveillance, exposure monitoring, and training implementation in substance specific OSHA standards to provide for more effective practice, enforcement strategies, and policy making in these areas. The findings of the study indicated that by 1993, 98% of the hospitals using EtO had provided some form of training. By 1993, 95% of the hospitals had performed 8 hour personal monitoring, and 35% had exceeded the action level one or more times. Medical surveillance of EtO exposure was provided one or more times in 6% of the hospitals from 1985 through 1993. Reports of coverage of EtO medical surveillance issues in worker training were also strongly related with providing EtO medical surveillance, which supported the premise of OSHA that worker training is important in medical surveillance implementation. The presence of written detailed EtO medical surveillance policies was strongly and positively related to providing EtO medical surveillance.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Health-care-personnel; Toxic-gases; Air-quality-monitoring; Industrial-hygiene; Surveillance-programs; Workplace-monitoring
Environmental Health Harvard Sch of Public Hlth 665 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115
Final Grant Report
NTIS Accession No.
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts