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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-98-0027-2709, Stericycle, Inc., Morton, Washington.
Weber AM; Boudreau Y; Mortimer VD
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 98-0027-2709, 1998 Oct; :1-44
At the request of Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and Department of Health (DOH), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated the potential for occupational exposures to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and bloodborne pathogens from the processing of medical waste. Events leading to the request for technical assistance included an outbreak of suspected occupationally-related tuberculosis (TB) among employees at Stericycle, Inc. in Morton, Washington. An initial site visit was conducted November 18-20, 1997, and a subsequent evaluation of the facility was performed January 26-29, 1998. The information contained in this report reflects conditions at the facility at the time of these evaluations. An interim report, including initial recommendations, was distributed on March 13, 1998.
Health-hazard; Occupational-safety-and-health; Medical-wastes; Exposures; Bacteria; Pathogens; Site-visits; Recommendations; Medical-evaluations; Tuberculosis; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-10; Author Keywords: Tuberculosis; TB; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; medical waste; medical waste treatment; infectious waste
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