|Document ID (ISN)||108254|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0019-8366 - Industrial Health
|Convention or series no.
||The effect of work practices on personal exposure to glutaraldehyde among health care workers
||Apr. 2007, Vol.45, No.2, p.289-295. Illus. 24 ref.
||Glutaraldehyde can cause respiratory irritation and asthma among health care workers. In order to evaluate the effect of work practices and the ventilation system on exposure to glutaraldehyde, 42 breathing zone air samples were taken in five hospitals in Quebec, Canada. In addition, work practices and the presence or otherwise of local or general ventilation system were noted, and the rate of air change and the quantity of glutaraldehyde used were recorded. Geometric mean concentration of all samples was 0.025ppm. Statistical analysis indicated that work practice was the most important factor affecting the level of exposure to glutaraldehyde. In locations where poor or unsafe work practices were employed, the geometric mean concentrations were much higher (0.05 and 0.08ppm respectively). There was a higher prevalence of headache and itchy eyes among employees who worked where unsafe work practices were observed.
||glutaraldehyde; health care personnel; exposure evaluation; Quebec
||local exhaust; personal sampling; Canada; eye irritation; migraine; determination in air; premises; ventilation systems; breathing atmosphere; safe working methods; statistical evaluation; workplaces
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Canada|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Health care services