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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-97-0224-2740, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.
Morley JC; Ting S; Esswein EJ
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 97-0224-2740, 1999 Jun; :1-22
On May 28, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Local 12 for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). The requesters asked NIOSH to investigate indoor environmental quality (IEQ), air-handling, temperature, and humidity problems in the decontamination suite of the central sterilization service in the John W. Colloton Pavilion. Health effects reported by employees included bronchitis, upper respiratory problems, and sinus problems. On December 10-19, 1997, two NIOSH industrial hygienists and a NIOSH physician conducted a site visit to investigate the concerns expressed in the request.
Region-2; Hazard-Confirmed; Air-quality; Occupational-hygiene; Heat-stress; Mold; Fungi; Ventilation; Latex; Decontamination-units; Hospitals; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; hospitals; medical centers; central sterilization; decontamination units; subtillisins; latex; glutaraldehyde; mold; fungi; ventilation; occupational health; heat stress
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