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Document ID (ISN)53247
CIS number 90-322
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Paul M., Himmelstein J., Weinstein S., Pransky G., McDougal C., Brogie B., Legendre S.
Title Ocular infections and the industrial use of microscopes
Bibliographic information Sep. 1989, Vol.31, No.9, p.763-766. 24 ref.
Abstract A cluster of ocular infections occurred in one area of a computer fabrication facility that relied on the use of industrial microscopes. A questionnaire was administered to all employees in this area. Microscope oculars were cultured and compared with control microscopes from a nonindustrial setting. Risk of infection was correlated with the number of hours of microscope use per day and subjective indicators of cleanliness. Bacterial cultures confirmed increased colony counts in industrial oculars compared with control oculars. Hygienic practices were instituted similar to those employed in medical settings. No further outbreaks of conjunctivities have been reported in a 1-year follow-up.
Descriptors (primary) computers; infection control; light microscopy; eyes; biological hazards; microbial pollution; microelectronics
Descriptors (secondary) disinfection of equipment; hazard evaluation; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Air pollution
Office work
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Electronics industry
Environmental pollution