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Accident: 170606495 - Employees Exposed To Ethylene Oxide During Tank Change

Accident: 170606495 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 01/10/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12004725301/14/19948062Century City Hospital
On Monday evening, January 10, 1994, an ethylene oxide leak occurred on the P-1 level of Century City Hospital in the Central Services Area. This occurred after Employee #3 (engineering staff) changed the ethylene oxide tank. Investigation showed that Employee #3 did not close the bleedoff valve during the tank change. The leak continued undetected for about 20 minutes, until Employee #1 (Central Services Employee) saw the visual alarm on the ethylene oxide monitoring equipment and told Employee #2 (Central Services Employee) to evacuate the area. Employee #2 went to the tank area and closed the bleedoff valve.
Keywords: leak, ethylene oxide, work rules, alarm, valve, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120047253 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
2 120047253 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
3 120047253 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Mechanical engineering technicians

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