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Long-term ethylene oxide exposure trends in US hospitals : relationship with OSHA regulatory and enforcement actions

LaMontagne, Anthony D., Oakes, J. Michael and Lopez-Turley, Ruth N. 2004, Long-term ethylene oxide exposure trends in US hospitals : relationship with OSHA regulatory and enforcement actions, American journal of public health, vol. 94, no. 9, pp. 1614-1619.

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Title Long-term ethylene oxide exposure trends in US hospitals : relationship with OSHA regulatory and enforcement actions
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D. orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Oakes, J. Michael
Lopez-Turley, Ruth N.
Journal name American journal of public health
Volume number 94
Issue number 9
Start page 1614
End page 1619
Total pages 5
Publisher American Public Health Association
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 0090-0036
1541-0048
Summary We assessed long-term trends in ethylene oxide (EtO) worker exposures for the purposes of exposure surveillance and evaluation of the impacts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1984 and 1988 EtO standards. We obtained exposure data from a large commercial vendor and processor of EtO passive dosimeters. Personal samples (87 582 workshift [8-hr] and 46 097 short-term [15-min] samples) from 2265 US hospitals were analyzed for time trends from 1984 through 2001 and compared with OSHA enforcement data. Exposures declined steadily for the first several years after the OSHA standards were set. Workshift exposures continued to taper off and have remained low and constant through 2001. However, since 1996, the probability of exceeding the short-term excursion limit has increased. This trend coincides with a decline in enforcement of the EtO standard. Results indicate the need for renewed intervention efforts to preserve gains made following the passage and implementation of the 1984 and 1988 EtO standards.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065792

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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