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CDC Workplace Safety and Health

  • Increase awareness about the adverse health effects of waste anesthetic gases
  • Describe how workers are exposed to waste anesthetic gases
  • Recommend work practices to reduce these exposures
  • Identify methods to minimize leakage of anesthetic gases into the work environment
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CDC: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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United States DEPARTMENT OF LABOR/Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards. In addition, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm under Section 5(a)(1), the General Duty Clause of the Act. Employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard and they do not take steps to prevent or abate the hazard.

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OSHA: Halogenated Agents

Specific to Halogenated Agents

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Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

Easy-to-read, question-and-answer fact sheets covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics, from hazards to diseases specific to waste gas

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US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Anesthesia Machine: Checklist, Hazards, Scavenging

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Anesthetic Hazards and Precautions in a Veterinary Practice. Contains informational video on topic

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Springer/ Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

Providing researchers with access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols and reference works.

The anesthesia delivery system comprises the anesthesia machine, vaporisers, ventilator, and waste gas scavenging system. Failure of the delivery system is a rare cause of anesthesia-related injury to, or death of, a patient. More commonly the delivery system is misused, the anesthesia caregiver makes an error, or the delivery system fails while the user is unaware that a failure has occurred. This site will review failures and complications of delivery systems from the viewpoint of how they may be detected and thereby harm to the patient prevented

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