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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-012-805, The Business Phone Company, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Horan-J; Boiano-JM
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-012-805, 1981 Jan; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
00114044
Abstract
Air samples were analyzed and medical evaluations of employees were conducted at The Business Phone Company (SIC-3660) in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 30, 1980. The evaluation was requested by three employees of the phone company to determine the cause of employee eye irritation and headache complaints. Direct reading detector tubes were used to evaluate air quality in the office. Measurable quantities of formaldehyde (50000), ozone (10028156), nitrogen- dioxide (10102440), or toluene (108883) were not found. Carbon- monoxide (630080) was detected at concentrations of 4 parts per million (ppm); the OSHA standard for carbon monoxide is 50ppm. Symptoms of eye irritation and headache were reported by 10 of 14 employees interviewed. No chemical odors were detectable from neighboring ink or shoe factories. The authors conclude that no hazard exists at the phone company from overexposure to carbon- monoxide. Since symptoms appeared to be related to time spent at the office, factors such as temperature control, humidity and cigarette smoke may be involved. Recommendations include determination of the adequacy of the ventilation, humidification and air conditioning systems, reorganization of the office into smoking and nonsmoking areas, workbreaks outside the office in open air, and medical consultation with private physicians for severe cases.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA--81-012-805; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Air-sampling; Organic-solvents; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-hygiene; Health-surveys; Author Keywords: Comnunications Equipment; sales office; irritation; lethargy; carbon monoxide; formaldehyde; ozone; nitrogen dioxide
CAS No.
50-00-0; 10028-15-6; 10102-44-0; 108-88-3; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19810101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-189200
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-012-805
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3660
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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