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NIOSH: New Health Hazard Evaluation Report: Exposure to Peracetic Acid While Cleaning Endoscopes
November 17, 2009, 9:49 am
Filed under: News

The HHE Program evaluated hospital employees’ exposure to an enzymatic cleaner and a sterilant used to clean and sterilize endoscopes. Investigators found that air samples did not contain detectable concentrations of acetic acid; concentrations of peracetic acid were thought to be low but could not be measured. Investigators recommended increased ventilation in the sterilization room and use of appropriate PPE to prevent eye, face, hand, arm, and body contact with concentrated peracetic acid and contaminated equipment.



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