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Document ID (ISN)54150
CIS number 90-1316
Year 1989
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.89-115
Title NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin 520 - Ethylene oxide sterilizers in health care facilities - Engineering controls and work practices
Bibliographic information National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Standards Development and Technology Transfer, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA, July 1989. 12p. Illus.
Abstract NIOSH recommended in 1981 that ethylene oxide be regarded as a potential occupational carcinogen and that appropriate controls be used to reduce worker exposure. This bulletin identifies potential sources of ethylene oxide exposure from gas sterilisers in health care facilities and describes recommended control measures. Exposure sources from both automatic general purpose sterilisers and sterilisers using glass ampules are described, together with specific control methods. General control methods include provision of adequate maintenance procedures, routine monitoring of the steriliser and the work environment, respiratory protection and labelling and posting of hazards. A table shows the NIOSH recommended respiratory protection for ethylene oxide at various concentrations.
Descriptors (primary) USA; hospitals; limitation of exposure; ethylene oxide
Descriptors (secondary) disposal of harmful waste; workplace monitoring; permissible levels; control of issue of dangerous materials; preventive maintenance; respirators; ventilation systems
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Ethylene oxide