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Document ID (ISN)108257
CIS number 08-654
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fransman W., Huizer D., Tuerk J., Kromhout H.
Title Inhalation and dermal exposure to eight antineoplastic drugs in an industrial laundry facility
Bibliographic information Apr. 2007, Vol.80, No.5, p.396-403. Illus. 18 ref.
Internet access 08-0654.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of the study was to quantify dermal and inhalation exposure to antineoplastic drugs in a Dutch industrial laundry servicing a hospital and to test the efficiency of the washing procedure for removing these drugs. During four workdays, dermal and inhalation exposure to eight frequently-used antineoplastic drugs were measured for all persons involved in handling unwashed laundry. Furtherore, 10x10cm sections were cut before and after the washing procedure from 15 bedsheets that were collected in hospitals of patients who were treated with one of the selected antineoplastic drugs. No detectable levels of any of the antineoplastic drugs were found on workers' skin of hands or in any of the air samples. Only four out of the 15 bedsheets were contaminated with detectable levels of antineoplastic drugs before the washing procedure. After the pre-washing and after the complete washing procedure, no detectable levels of any of the drugs were found.
Descriptors (primary) antineoplastic drugs; Netherlands; determination in air; hospitals; laundries
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; exposure evaluation; sampling and analysis; personal protective equipment; safe working methods; breathing atmosphere
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany; Netherlands
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Laundries and dry cleaning
Health care services