Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170730006 - Four Employees Inhale Glutaraldehyde

Accident: 170730006 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 02/25/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11985119403/07/19952834International Medication System Ltd.
Between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on February 25, 1995, in department 519, rooms 5, 6, and 7 were fumigated with 2 percent glutaraldehyde. Ventilation had been off in these three rooms and they had been sealed with plastic sheeting. The rooms had supply air only, and no exhaust. HVAC in the common area was operating and the common area had supply air and exhaust. At 5:00 a.m., Employee #1 entered the steam generation room. After 40 to 45 minutes, he left the building because he was feeling sick. At 5:30 a.m., Employee #4 entered and experienced nose, eye, and throat irritation, and left the building. At 6:00 a.m., Employees #2 and #3 entered, suffered eye irritation, and left the building. At 6:00 a.m. foggers were removed and supply ventilation started for rooms 5, 6, and 7. Employee #1 experienced asthma-like symptoms and needed one week of treatment. Employees #2, #3, and #4 were examined and then discharged. All four employees were treated at Foothill Medical Clinic. Safety violations of T8CCR include: regulatory 342(a), not reporting incident within 24 hours; general 5221(b), not instructing employees in hazards of glutaraldehyde; general 5223(a)(6), not testing air to determine if safe to enter; serious 5223(a)(5), not evacuating the building; and serious 5223(a)(2), not posting warning signs that department 519 had been fumigated.
Keywords: eye, lung, ventilation, fumigant, work rules, inhalation, untrained, communication, chemical, warning sign
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119851194 Non Hospitalized injury Other Machinery maintenance occupations
2 119851194 Non Hospitalized injury Other Machinery maintenance occupations
3 119851194 Non Hospitalized injury Other Machinery maintenance occupations
4 119851194 Non Hospitalized injury Other Machinery maintenance occupations

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close