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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-86-675, Tufts Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Authors
McGlothlin-J; Donohue-M
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-86-675, 1980 Mar; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00095240
Abstract
Environmental sampling and personal interviews were conducted on May 17 and June 6 and 7, 1979, at Tufts Medical School (SIC-8221), Boston, Massachusetts to determine the cause of an outbreak of angioneurotic edema. The dean of the medical school requested the evaluation on behalf of five affected employees. Samples for formaldehyde were below the OSHA limit of 3 parts per million. All of the affected employees had atopic histories, and one of the workers reported a family history of angioneurotic edema. Three of the employees believed that trauma or stress was responsible for their symptoms. The authors conclude that the outbreak of angioneurotic edema was probably not caused by chemical exposures at this facility. Certain chemicals, such as formaldehyde, may have precipitated allergic reactions in the atopic workers. The sensitized employees should minimize exposures to any chemicals that might trigger attacks. Use of protective clothing, improved housekeeping practices, and annual medical examinations are recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-86-675; Region-1; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Colleges; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Aldehydes; Medical-personnel; Work-practices; Work-environment; Air-contaminants; Allergic-reactions; Sensitization; Medical-screening; Control-measures; Author Keywords: angioneurotic edema; laboratory; formaldehyde
Publication Date
19800301
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-192016
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-79-86-675
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8221
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA; OH
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