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Technical Assistance Report No.TA-80-115-802, Centers For Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia.

Authors
Ruhe-RL
Source
NIOSH 1981:7 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00114050
Abstract
Employee exposures to xylene (1330207), ethyl-alcohol (64175), formaldehyde (50000) and asbestos (1332214) were evaluated at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (SIC-9199) in Atlanta, Georgia on October 9 and 10, 1980. The measurements were made in response to a request from the Office of Biosafety at CDC to evaluate employee exposure to organic solvents and asbestos. Personal and area samples for evaluating exposure to organic solvents were analyzed by gas chromatography; asbestos was estimated by polarized light microscopy and dispersion staining techniques. In five area and personal samples, xylene concentrations ranged from 1 to 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m); the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) is 435mg/cu m on a 8 hour time weighted average. Ethyl- alcohol ranged from 6 to 8mg/cu m; the OSHA PEL for ethyl alcohol is 1900mg/cu m. Formaldehyde ranged from 1 to 3mg/cu m, exceeding the NIOSH ceiling limit of 1.2mg/cu m for a 30 minute average. No asbestos fibers were found in air samples, but 6 of 13 bulk insulation samples contained chrysotile asbestos in concentrations 5 to 60 percent. The author concludes that a health hazard exists at CDC from overexposure to formaldehyde, and six areas have a potential for airborne asbestos exposure. Recommendations include the provision of adequate ventilation to control formaldehyde vapors, the replacement of asbestos insulation, provision of an employee education program, and provision of personal protective equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-115-802; Region-4; Hazards-Confirmed; Alcohols; Aldehydes; Asbestos-dusts; Organic-solvents; Worker-health; Dust-exposure;
CAS No.
1330-20-7; 64-17-5; 50-00-0; 1332-21-4;
Publication Date
19810101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-187907
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
TA-80-115-802
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
9199;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 pages
State
GA; OH;
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