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Technical Assistance Report, TA-80-18, Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Operating Center.

Authors
Belanger-PL; Coye-MJ
Source
NIOSH 1980 Aug:13 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00103199
Abstract
An environmental and medical evaluation was conducted on February 21 and March 6, 1980 at the Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Operating Center (EOC) (SIC-9224) to determine a possible correlation between high rates of absenteeism among EOC workers and chemically induced respiratory illnesses. The request for technical assistance came from the Medical Director for the city of Los Angeles. Environmental air samples were collected for carbon- monoxide (630080) (CO), and carbon-dioxide (124389) (CO2). CO concentrations ranged from 1 to 3 parts per million (ppm) compared with the NIOSH time weighted average standard of 35 ppm. CO2 concentrations were undetectable. The medical survey revealed worker complaints of headache, eye irritation, and a eye strain, nose and throat irritation, high incidence of prolonged colds. A sick time increase of 266 percent was found among the workers since joining the EOC. In the absence of any chemical hazards, the authors suggest that the major cause of the complaints may be a combination of work related stress and shift work. They recommend that employees not work more than 24 hours at one time; a medical surveillance program be provided for those workers with certain diseases; that humidity concentrations be monitored; and that video display terminal lighting be tested to determine if it causes eye strain, headaches, or fatigue.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-18; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-9; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Lost-work-days; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Vapors; Clinical-symptoms; Shift-work; Tension; Protective-measures;
CAS No.
630-08-0; 124-38-9;
Publication Date
19800801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-170490
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-80-18
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
SIC Code
9224;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 13 pages, 8 references
State
OH;
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