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Document ID (ISN)106646
CIS number 07-633
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Katagiri H., Suzuki T., Aizawa Y., Kadowaki T.
Title Indoor glutaraldehyde levels in the endoscope disinfecting room and subjective symptoms among workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2006, Vol.44, No.2, p.225-229. Illus. 8 ref.
Internet access http://www.jniosh.go.jp/old/niih/en/indu_hel/2006/pdf/indhealth_44_2_225.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study measured glutaraldehyde (GA) levels in the work environment during the disinfection of endoscopes and also investigated the subjective symptoms of the workers engaged in that work. Eight rooms for cleaning and disinfecting endoscopy equipment were surveyed at six hospitals in the Tokyo and Kanagawa area. The geometric mean environmental GA levels in the eight rooms were 1.3 to 19.6ppb. The personal exposure levels at the time of replacing the antiseptic solution containing GA in two of the disinfecting rooms were 94.2 and 84.9ppb. Subjective symptoms such as ophthalmic, nasal, respiratory and pharyngeal symptoms and nausea were more prevalent among workers than controls as evidenced from the questionnaire survey.
Descriptors (primary) glutaraldehyde; hospitals; exposure evaluation; disinfection of equipment
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; personal sampling; subjective assessment; Japan; determination in air; questionnaire survey; case-control study; breathing atmosphere; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Aldehydes
Health care services