|Document ID (ISN)||76465|
|Convention or series no.
||DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2000-119
EPA Publication No.550-F-99-018
||Preventing worker injuries and deaths from explosions in industrial ethylene oxide sterilization facilities
||Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA, Apr. 2000. 32p. Illus. 31 ref.
||Between 1994 and 1998, ethylene oxide (EtO) was involved in 10 explosions at industrial sterilization facilities and EtO repackaging plants in the United States. One of these explosions caused one death and 59 injuries among workers. This booklet offers guidance to employers, managers, supervisors, safety professionals and workers on preventing EtO explosions in industrial sterilization facilities. Contents include: properties and health effects of EtO; description of the industrial sterilization process; possible causes of EtO explosions; current standards; case reports; recommendations for workers, employers and EtO manufacturers.
||disinfection of equipment; plant safety organization; explosion hazards; ethylene oxide
||responsibilities of employers; USA; case study; safety guides; fatalities; explosive atmosphere detection; information of personnel; injuries
||F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Fire and explosions
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fires, explosions and major hazards