Ethylene Oxide Risk Assessment

  • Chapter Meeting
    May 14, 2019
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5:00-5:45p: Coffee/dine
6:00-7:00p: Presentation
7:15p-8:00p: Executive meeting (all attendees welcome!)

Regulatory agency and media attention has recently brought ethylene oxide into the spotlight. However, the hazards of ethylene oxide are nothing new – it has been in use industrially for over 80 years. So why all of the attention now, and what are the risks?

This presentation will describe the occupational and environmental hazards of ethylene oxide and how to evaluate and control the risks associated with it.  The pros and cons and potential pitfalls of various air sampling and analytical methods will be discussed. Worker health and safety considerations will also be presented.

Presented by Brent Altemose, Ph.D., CIH, CSP

Brent Altemose is a Principal Industrial Hygienist with Trinity Consultants.  Since beginning his career as a ventilation engineer, he has worked for over 20 years in the fields of industrial hygiene and occupational safety. Brent has particular expertise in exposure control, exposure assessment strategies, analysis of industrial hygiene data, local exhaust and laboratory ventilation, and indoor air quality. He was previously a lead industrial hygienist for a medical device company with 5,000 employees and 26 operating locations worldwide, including ethylene oxide sterilization operations. He has continued to work with these and other facilities to evaluate ethylene oxide exposure concerns.

Brent holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health from Rutgers University. He is both a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).


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