Re: [Histonet] Health Testing when using xylene

From:Rene J Buesa

  I used to test for formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, xylene and the air flow level of the fumes hoods.
  The fumes hoods had simple air gauges tha were checked daily and the results written in a log in the hood door.
  For the xylene (as well as the others) we used pasive monitoring badges worn during 8 hours (to determine Time Weighed Average or TWA) or during 15 minutes (to determine Short Term Exposure Level or STEL).
  Some of the badges were developed in our lab and others were sent to an outside laboratory for confirmation of results.
  After 8 years of cummulative data with values below OSHA levels, and because this was a very expensive program, we contracted an outside company that did the monitoring only in the areas and we stopped doing the personal monitoring.
  Hope this will help you!.
  René J.

Sue Barnes  wrote:
Does anyone in the histology world have health testing for techs who use xylene?
What testing is done?
Is there printed regulations for suggested health testing?
Any help on this would be appreciated.

Sue Barnes
East Liverpool City Hospital 
East Liverpool, Ohio
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