Characterization of Cleaning and Disinfecting Tasks and Product Use Among Hospital Occupations
Published Date:Oct 28 2014
Source:Am J Ind Med. 58(1):101-111.
Communicable Disease Control
Material Safety Data Sheets
Southeastern United States
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4843496
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
Healthcare workers have an elevated prevalence of asthma and related symptoms associated with the use of cleaning/disinfecting products. The objective of this study was to identify and characterize cleaning/disinfecting tasks and products used among hospital occupations.
Workers from 14 occupations at five hospitals were monitored for 216 shifts, and work tasks and products used were recorded at five-minute intervals. The major chemical constituents of each product were identified from safety data sheets.
Cleaning and disinfecting tasks were performed with a high frequency at least once per shift in many occupations. Medical equipment preparers, housekeepers, floor strippers/waxers, and endoscopy technicians spent on average 108–177 min/shift performing cleaning/disinfecting tasks. Many occupations used products containing amines and quaternary ammonium compounds for > 100 min/shift.
This analysis demonstrates that many occupations besides housekeeping incur exposures to cleaning/disinfecting products, albeit for different durations and using products containing different chemicals.
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