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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 112169040 - Holy Cross Medical Center

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 112169040Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 12/13/1990

Holy Cross Medical Center
15031 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 6324/Hospital and Medical Service Plans

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/07/1991
Close Case:07/15/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361272867    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 15 23
Current Violations 8 15 23
Initial Penalty $14,900 $0 $0 $1,180 $0 $16,080
Current Penalty $14,900 $0 $0 $1,180 $0 $16,080
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $1,500

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5194 F04 B 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $85 $85 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 5194 E01 B 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $165 $165 $1,500 L - State Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 14301 B 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $45 $45 $0 -
  4. 01004 Other 5220 K02 B06 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 01005 Other 5220 K02 B5 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 01006 Other 5142 B02 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 01007 Other 3273 A 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $55 $55 $0 -
  8. 01008 Other 5220 H01 C 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $55 $55 $0 -
  9. 01009 Other 5162 A 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $165 $165 $0 -
  10. 01010 Other 5220 F02 A 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  11. 01011 Other 5220 D01 B 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  12. 01012 Other 6170 C10 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  13. 01013 Other 5220 D01 A 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $110 $110 $0 -
  14. 01014 Other 5220 K02 C 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $165 $165 $0 -
  15. 01015 Other 5220 E01 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $335 $335 $0 -
  16. 02001 Serious 5162 C 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $900 $900 $0 -
  17. 04001 Serious 5220 H01 A 02/14/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -
  18. 06001 Serious 5220 G01 C 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -
  19. 07001 Serious 5220 H02 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -
  20. 09001 Serious 5220 C01 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -
  21. 10001 Serious 5220 C02 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -
  22. 11001 Serious 5220 F01 A 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -
  23. 12001 Serious 5220 F01 B 02/28/1991 02/28/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170177927Event: 11/15/1990Fifteen Employees Exposed To Ethylene Oxide
On November 15, 1991, the Holy Cross Medical Center contracted to have the area surrounding the central supply ethylene oxide sterilizer monitored for emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO). An employee operated the sterilizer during the tests. Employees #1 through #11 and two coworkers were exposed to ethylene oxide levels in excess of the permissible exposure limit (PEL). Another coworker exceeded the short term exposure limit (STEL) while changing the EtO cylinder. On November 30, 1991, the employer monitored again with similar results. Employees #1 through #4, #7, #9 through #13, and three coworkers were exposed to levels over the permissible limits. No respiratory protection was worn by any of the employees. The following factors contributed to the EtO levels in the area: 1) the equipment room did not maintain negative pressure; 2) there was no local exhaust over the sterilizer; 3) there was no capture box at the sterilizer drain; 4) ventilation in the equipment room was insufficient; and 5) fugitive emissions were recirculated into the work area.
Keywords: vapor, ventilation, ppe, ethylene oxide, work rules, inhalation, chemical vapor, overexposure, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
2 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
3 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
4 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
5 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
6 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
7 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
8 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
9 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
10 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
11 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
12 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
13 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
14 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
15 112169040 Non Hospitalized injury Cancer Mechanical engineering technicians

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