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Document ID (ISN)108701
CIS number 08-1144
Year 2007
Convention or series no. OSHA Publication No.3325-01N (2007)
Title Ethylene oxide (EtO): Understanding OSHA's exposure monitoring requirements
Bibliographic information Publications U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20210, USA, 2007. 28p. 15 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The purpose of this guidance document is to help employers understand how to monitor the quality of the air in workplaces where ethylene oxide (EtO) is processed, used, or handled. Air monitoring is an important activity that can help alert employers when unsafe levels of EtO are present in the air so that they can take steps to reduce employee exposure. EtO 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 EtO exposure monitoring, lists and explains the exposure levels used by OSHA, reviews the exposure monitoring requirements in OSHA's EtO rules, and outlines the monitoring decisions that the employer needs to make when employees work in areas where EtO is present.
Descriptors (primary) USA; determination in air; limitation of exposure; ethylene oxide
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; responsibilities of employers; safety guides; comment on directive; public OSH institutions
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