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Document ID (ISN)75407
CIS number 00-1388
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wesołowski W., Sitarek K.
Title Occupational exposure to ethylene oxide of hospital staff
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 1999, Vol.12, No.1, p.59-65. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Occupational exposure to ethylene oxide was assessed among the workers in direct contact with ethylene oxide or with ethylene oxide-sterilized instruments in 13 hospitals located in the city of Łodź (Poland) and its suburbs. Individual dosimetry and stationary sampling methods were employed. The samples collected from the occupational environment were analysed by gas chromatography with mass detection. The analytical method enabled determination of low ethylene oxide concentrations in the presence of accompanying chemicals, such as ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl ether and isoflurene. In total, 227 determinations were made, and ethylene oxide at concentrations above 0.01mg/m3 (which was the detection limit of the method) was found to be present in 164 samples. The ethylene oxide levels were found to vary widely, from lower than 0.01 of the TLV (STEL: 3mg/m3) to several hundred times.
Descriptors (primary) ethylene oxide; determination in air; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; mass spectrometry; gas chromatography; exposure evaluation; sampling and analysis; Poland
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Ethylene oxide