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Document ID (ISN)56623
CIS number 91-1616
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Deschamps D., Laurent A.M., Festy B., Conso F.
Title Study of six ethylene oxide sterilisation installations of Paris public hospitals
Original title Etude de six installations de stérilisation à l'oxyde d'éthylène à l'Assistance publique de Paris [in French]
Bibliographic information 1989, Vol.50, No.7, p.641-649. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract The technical characteristics of 6 ethylene oxide sterilisation installations were studied by occupational physicians who also noted the occasional overexposures of 55 exposed workers. Static atmosphere samples and personal samples were analysed according to the AFNOR standard. Ethylene oxide concentrations determined in air samples taken at these installations varied between 0.06-2.8ppm; personal samples varied between 0.2-39ppm; the exposure limit for occupational exposure of 10ppm was exceeded in 2 units (27 and 39ppm). The high levels of exposure in these 2 units seemed to be related to the absence of rinsing after the sterilisation cycle, the use of CO2 as the diluting gas (necessitating high pressures) and the smallness of the premises.
Descriptors (primary) disinfection of equipment; hospitals; ethylene oxide
Descriptors (secondary) exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Ethylene oxide