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Accident: 170185300 - Five Employees Exposed To Ethylene Oxide

Accident: 170185300 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 01/30/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11216968502/26/19918062Granada Hills Community Hospital
A gas filter on an ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilizer burst, causing EtO to leak into the work area. Employees #1 and #2 were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. The area was evacuated and maintenance was notified of a gas leak, although the gas was not identified as ethylene oxide. Employees #3 through #5, all maintenance workers, entered the area and shut off the cylinders without wearing proper personal protective equipment. Employees #1 through #5 were seen by a physician the next day and discharged without any observed symptoms.
Keywords: leak, vapor, ppe, ethylene oxide, work rules, inhalation, equipment failure, gas, chemical vapor, accidental discharge
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112169685 Non Hospitalized injury Other Managers and administrators, n.e.c
2 112169685 Non Hospitalized injury Other Specified mechanics and repairers
3 112169685 Non Hospitalized injury Other Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
4 112169685 Non Hospitalized injury Other Specified mechanics and repairers
5 112169685 Non Hospitalized injury Other Specified mechanics and repairers

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