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Document ID (ISN)108254
CIS number 08-653
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nayebzadeh A.
Title The effect of work practices on personal exposure to glutaraldehyde among health care workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2007, Vol.45, No.2, p.289-295. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) glutaraldehyde; health care personnel; exposure evaluation; Quebec
Descriptors (secondary) local exhaust; personal sampling; Canada; eye irritation; migraine; determination in air; premises; ventilation systems; breathing atmosphere; safe working methods; statistical evaluation; workplaces
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Health care services