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lunes, 24 de junio de 2013

Characterization and Control of Occupational Exposure to Nanoparticles and Ultrafine Particles

Many workers are exposed to a range of particles present on a nanometric scale. In occupational hygiene, it is common to differentiate manufactured nanoparticles (NP) from ultrafine particles (UFP) coming from natural, human or industrial sources.
The main objective of this research was to assess occupational UFP and NP exposures. The secondary objective was comprehensive testing of the assessment capabilities regarding occupational NP and UFP exposures in an industrial and laboratory context.
Characterization and Control of Occupational Exposure to Nanoparticles and Ultrafine Particles

lunes, 17 de junio de 2013

Needlestick Resistance of Protective Gloves: Development of a Test Method

Hand injuries, which represent approximately 21% of CSST-compensated injuries, affect several professions, including blue collar workers, prison guards, and police officers, who run a high risk of being pricked by contaminated needles. Current standardized test methods do not correctly evaluate the resistance of protective gloves to these punctures and do not take into account the effect of the presence of a hand inside the glove. The aim of this study is to develop a method for characterizing the actual resistance of gloves to puncture by very pointed objects such as needles, with this method later becoming the subject of a standard. It will also determine the degree of dexterity and sensitivity that this protective equipment offers to workers. The data collected will help users choose the puncture-resistant gloves most appropriate for their task, thus promoting their wear and helping to reduce the number of injuries to workers’ hands. These results will be exportable to other activity sectors, including the hospital environment, and will be useful to manufacturers for improving their products.
Needlestick Resistance of Protective Gloves: Development of a Test Method. Dolez, P; Soulati, K; Gauvin, C; Lara, J; Vu-Khanh, T. Studies and Research Projects / Technical Guide  RG-738, Montréal, IRSST, 2012, 62 pages.

viernes, 14 de junio de 2013

Efecto de los desinfectantes sobre la funcionalidad de los monitores de glucosa

El monitoreo de los niveles de glucosa es parte integran del manejo rutinario de la diabetes. Para minimizar el riesgo de transmisión de patógenos transmisibles por la sangre, el CDC recomienta que los medidores de glucosa sean desinfectados después de cada uso, especialmente cuando es utilizado para pruebas en diferentes pacientes. El objetivo de este estudio es evaluar la compatibilidad de algunos desinfectantes comunes con ciertos sistemas de medición de glucosa en sangre.
Monitoring blood glucose levels is an integral part of routine diabetes management. To minimize the risk of  transmission of bloodborne pathogens during monitoring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that glucose meters be disinfected after each use whenever they are used to test multiple patients. The objective of this study is to assess the compatibility of some common disinfectants with certain blood glucose meter systems.
Mahoney JJ and Lim CG, Effect of Disinfectants on Glucose Monitors. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2012 January; 6(1): 81–85.

miércoles, 12 de junio de 2013

Transporte de sustancias infecciosas

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El gobierno de Canadá acaba de publicar una guía (en inglés) para el empaque y envío de sustancias peligrosas que pueden descargar aqui
This Bulletin explains the requirements of the Transportation Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations when shipping infectious substances. It does not change, create, amend or allow deviations from the Transportation Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations. For specific details, consult the TDG Regulations.
 Las regulaciones para 2013-2014 de la Organización Mundial de la salud, fueron publicadas desde enero de este año, y pueden verlas aquí.
This publication provides information for identifying, classifying, marking, labelling, packaging, documenting and refrigerating infectious substances for transportation and ensuring their safe delivery. The document provides practical guidance to facilitate compliance with applicable international regulations for the transport of infectious substances by all modes of transport, both nationally and internationally.

lunes, 10 de junio de 2013

ABSA Conference Kansas City 2013

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The 56th Annual Biological Safety Conference program will be online soon at
The Conference will be October 17-23, 2013 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Conference will highlight 4 full days and over 30 Preconference Courses and 3 full days of the Scientific Program. Please note: Due to a marathon in Kansas City during the time of our conference, it is suggested you make your hotel reservations soon to ensure a room in the conference hotel. Hotel deadline is September 30, 2013