Safety

New Canadian standard published for smoky ORs

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 24, 2009

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) introduced a new standard to help eliminate toxic airborne contaminants, such as smoke, from operating rooms and other settings on March 18.

Plume Scavenging (CSA Z305.13) is Canada's first standard to help protect healthcare workers in surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and aesthetic settings from exposure to toxic airborne contaminants, collectively called "plume," according to the CSA.

For more information on similar U.S. standards, see the surgical smoke post in this week's OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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