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Document ID (ISN)107814
CIS number 08-414
Year 2007
Convention or series no. OSHA 3325-01N 2007
Title Ethylene oxide (EtO) - Understanding OSHA's exposure monitoring requirements
Bibliographic information Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, USA, 2007. 28p. 10 ref.
Internet access http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA_ethylene_oxide.pdf [in English]
Abstract The purpose of this guide is to help employers understand how to monitor the quality of the air in workplaces where ethylene oxide (EO) is processed, used or handled. Air monitoring is an important activity that can help alert employers when unsafe levels of EO are present in the air so that they can take steps to reduce employee exposure. EO can be used more safely if appropriate precautions are taken and if equipment is adequately designed and maintained. This document: clarifies the different types of EO exposure monitoring, lists and explains the exposure levels used by OSHA, reviews the exposure monitoring requirements in OSHA's EO rules and comments the monitoring decisions that the employer needs to make when employees work in areas where EO is present.
Descriptors (primary) USA; ethylene oxide; determination in air; breathing atmosphere; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; personal sampling; responsibilities of employers; public OSH institutions; safety guides; exposure evaluation; sampling and analysis; description of technique; legal aspects
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Ethers
Ethylene oxide