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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170171706 - Ethylene Oxide Leak Reported

Accident: 170171706 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 12/19/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11183534412/30/19918062Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
An engineer in the manifold room at Kaiser Permanente, Hayward, CA, opened the 12:88 ethylene oxide tanks to charge the sterilizer and felt cold on his hand. The cylinder checked out to be faulty and was taken out of service. Employees involved reported to the doctor for physical exams and medical surveillance, but no injuries or illnesses were reported. There were no accident related violations or citations.
Keywords: leak, vapor, cylinder, ethylene oxide, equipment failure, tank, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111835344 Non Hospitalized injury Freezing/Frost Bite Occupation not reported

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