EPA warns EtO cancer risks, offers alternatives
Recorded On: 03/14/2018
Health care and commercial sterilization facilities often use ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize moisture- and heat-sensitive medical instruments. The EPA updated EtO to a “human carcinogen,” while increasing its lifetime inhalation cancer risk estimate about 60 times. The new cancer potency information supports the need to reduce EtO air emissions.
EPA’s presentation will outline:
- What EtO is and how it’s used
- EtO exposures and toxicology
- EtO air monitoring and regulations
- Potential for EPA collaboration with hospitals on alternative sterilization approaches
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EPA environmental engineer
Margaret Sieffert is an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 in Chicago. She has worked for Region 5’s Air and Radiation Division for nearly 22 years. Sieffert is Region 5’s lead for outreach on ethylene oxide.