The Study Group on Occupational Exposure to Inhalation Anaesthetics of the Lombardy Association of Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene prepared a document that was discussed during the Congress "Occupational Risks due to Inhalation Anaesthetics", held in Brescia, Italy, on May 12, 1992. The same document was then approved by the Directory Council of the Lombardy Association of Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene. Data on environmental concentrations of Nitrous Oxide collected from 1989 to 1991 in 269 operating rooms of 47 hospitals in Lombardy are reported. The measured levels are considerably lower than those collected from the same Study Group from 1985 to 1987 in 111 operating rooms. The methodologies for exposure control are discussed, regarding both environmental and biological monitoring. These two techniques are complementary and can be used with standardized methods. The review of the literature on the early effects showed, even with some uncertainty at the current exposure levels, effects on liver and Central Nervous System. Still controversial are the data regarding the reproductive toxicity. Health surveillance programs have been organized in the last 5 years in 18 Lombardy hospitals and they indicate no cases of pathologies due to inhalation anesthetics on 1498 subjects. Operative proposals are suggested on the methodology and the frequency of environmental/biological monitoring and health surveillance. The "technical limit values" reported in the document from the Italian Ministry of Health are also discussed. Finally, research topics are suggested in order to assess the early effects of exposure.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health