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Industrywide Studies Report: A Walk-Through Survey of Castle Division of Sybron Corporation, Rochester, New York.


PB85208817

Publication Date 1985
Personal Author Greife, A.; Ringenburg, V.; Steenland, K.
Page Count 16
Abstract A walk through survey of Castle, a division of Sybron Corporation (SIC-3842), Rochester, New York, was conducted in May and June, 1984. The survey was part of an industrywide study of mortality associated with occupational exposure to ethylene-oxide (75218). Personnel records and company ethylene-oxide monitoring data were reviewed. Ethylene-oxide was used at the facility between 1955 and 1980 for sterilizing bulk goods and testing for leaks in gas sterilizers. Safety glasses and shoes were required as personal protective equipment. Respirators were required for certain activities such as welding. Respirators were never used in areas where workers may have been exposed to ethylene-oxide. The ethylene-oxide monitoring data was considered invalid due to ambiguities in the analytical procedure. A total of 570 past and present employees were estimated from the personnel records to have had potential exposure to ethylene-oxide. This corresponded to about 7,200 person years for those first exposed before 1978. The authors conclude that personnel records are adequate to determine which workers have potential ethylene-oxide exposures. Since ethylene-oxide has not been used in production processes at the facility since 1979, no further industrial hygiene surveys at the facility are planned as part of the study.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Chemical industry
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Field tests
  • Carcinogens
  • Sterilization
  • Air pollution
  • Ventilation
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Cancer
  • CAS 75-21-8
  • SIC 3842
  • Sybron corporation
  • Rochester(New York)
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Industrial Hygiene Section.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198519
Industrywide Studies Report: A Walk-Through Survey of Castle Division of Sybron Corporation, Rochester, New York.
Industrywide Studies Report: A Walk-Through Survey of Castle Division of Sybron Corporation, Rochester, New York.
PB85208817

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Chemical industry
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Field tests
  • Carcinogens
  • Sterilization
  • Air pollution
  • Ventilation
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Cancer
  • CAS 75-21-8
  • SIC 3842
  • Sybron corporation
  • Rochester(New York)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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