|Document ID (ISN)||109013|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
|Convention or series no.
||Sutton P.M., Quint J., Prudhomme J., Flattery J., Materna B., Harrison R.
||Glutaraldehyde exposures among workers making bioprosthetic heart valves
||May 2007, Vol.4, No.5, p.311-320. Illus. 41 ref.
||This investigation was undertaken to describe exposure to glutaraldehyde among workers making bioprosthetic heart valves at two large manufacturers in California. The work process was observed, employer representatives and glutaraldehyde-exposed workers were interviewed, and employer records including industrial hygiene data were analyzed. Approximately 600 workers (mostly women) had continuous airborne exposure to glutaraldehyde. Short-term exposures were all well below the current regulatory ceiling level (0.20ppm). However, approximately 40% of the glutaraldehyde-related job tasks involved exposures above the ACGIH threshold limit value ceiling of 0.05ppm. Two cases of physician-diagnosed asthma were recorded in one company in the previous 5-year period. Employers should implement additional engineering controls to limit workers' exposures to at a maximum level of 0.015ppm, require the use of gloves and implement a medical surveillance programme for glutaraldehyde-exposed workers.
||glutaraldehyde; California; biotechnology industry; women; limitation of exposure
||occupational hygiene; protective gloves; threshold limit values; USA; medical supervision; diagnosis; permissible levels; ventilation systems; exposure evaluation; asthma
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)