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Document ID (ISN)63423
CIS number 94-1976
ISSN - Serial title 1047-322X - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Elias J.D., Wylie D.N., Yassi A., Tran N.
Title Eliminating worker exposure to ethylene oxide from hospital sterilizers - An evaluation of cost and effectiveness of an isolation system
Bibliographic information Aug. 1993, Vol.8, No.8, p.687-692. 14 ref.
Abstract Potential sources of worker exposure to ethylene oxide from hospital sterilizers were investigated at a large tertiary health care facility and a number of cost-effective control measures were recommended and implemented. These included use of alternative sterilization methods, isolation of sterilizers from other work areas, local and general ventilation and development of a procedural manual for personnel training. Subsequent air monitoring revealed a significant reduction in ethylene oxide levels. The cost and effectiveness of the system are evaluated.
Descriptors (primary) disinfection of equipment; ethylene oxide; hospitals; implementation of control measures; safety and health engineering
Descriptors (secondary) cost of safety; restricted areas; ventilation; safety training in industry; substitution; determination in air; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Ethers
Ethylene oxide