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Document ID (ISN)56819
CIS number 91-1479
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) García Herrera A., Puig Troncoso J.
Title Ethylene oxide: Hazards and preventive measures in sterilisation activities
Original title Oxido de etileno: Riesgos y medidas de prevención en las operaciones de esterilización [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Asociación Chilena de Seguridad, Casilla 14565, Correo Central, Santiago, Chile, Aug. 1991. 40p. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract Training manual and information note. Contents: properties and uses of ethylene oxide (EO); effects on health; medical surveillance of workers exposed to EO; fire and explosion hazards; chemical reactivity of EO; exposure limits (40-hr ACGIH limit adapted to a Chilean work-week of 48hrs: 0.8ppm = 1.4mg/m3); use of EO in sterilisation (environmental factors, gas concentration, stages of the sterilisation process, ventilation, consequences of insufficient ventilation); preventive methods, first aid and emergencies.
Descriptors (primary) disinfection of equipment; Chile; training material; hospitals; ethylene oxide
Descriptors (secondary) training manuals; medical supervision; first aid; limitation of exposure
Document type C - Training manuals, audiovisual material
Country / State or ProvinceChile
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) OSH training
Ethers
Ethylene oxide
Health care services