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Ethylene oxide sterilizers in health care facilities : engineering controls and work practices.
  • Published Date:
    July 13, 1989
  • Source:
    Current intelligence bulletin ; 52
  • Language:
    English
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Ethylene oxide sterilizers in health care facilities : engineering controls and work practices.
Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Division of Standards Development and Technology Transfer.
  • Series:
    Current intelligence bulletin
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 89-115

    This bulletin identifies potential sources of ethylene oxide (EtO) exposure from gas sterilizers in health care facilities and describes control methods recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A complete system for controlling EtO exposures from gas sterilizers consists of both specific and general controls. The purpose of specific control methods such as the use of engineering controls, good work practices, and personal protective equipment is to protect workers at known and potential discharge points of EtO in the sterilizer system. General control methods such as equipment maintenance and workplace monitoring assure safe operation and provide timely feedback about the effectiveness of controls. Other general control methods include a good respiratory protection program and the labeling and posting of hazards.

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