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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-98-0185, Stericycle facility, Loma Linda, California.
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 98-0185, 1999 Dec; :1-12
In October, 1998, NIOSH investigators reported the potential for occupational transmission of Mtb and bloodborne pathogens to workers at the Stericycle medical waste processing facility in Morton, Washington. Because there was a Stericycle facility in Loma Linda, California which operated a waste treatment process similar to the one at the Stericycle facility in Morton, Washington, the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Health Services (OHBCDH) representatives requested the help of NIOSH to evaluate similar types of exposures at the Loma Linda facility. This letter summarizes the health hazard evaluation (HHE) conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Stericycle facility in Loma Linda, California. NIOSH investigated the potential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and bloodborne pathogen (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the human immunodeficiency virus) transmission to employees from their exposure to medical waste.
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Medical-services; Hazardous-materials; Waste-treatment; Bloodborne-pathogens; Bacterial-disease; AIDS-virus; Hepatitis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-9; Exposure-assessment; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Author Keywords: Refuse Systems; tuberculosis; TB; mycobacterium tuberculosis; medical waste; medical waste treatment; infectious waste; bloodborne pathogens; bioaerosols
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