Ethylene Oxide Use on the Rise During Pandemic

SPH's Dr. Peter Orris was quoted by Grist analyzing the recent increase in use of ethylene oxide to sterilize and bolster the supply of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He noted studies have proven ethylene oxide to present a cancer risk to residents near facilities using the gas.

Epidemiologists did a very eloquent, clear study of this. They came back saying the people living around there, their risk of breast cancer was off the wall.

Dr. Peter Orris  |  Professor of environmental and occupational health sciences

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