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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-81-005-834, Public Employees' Retirement Association, Denver, Colorado.

Authors
Thoburn-TW
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, HHE 81-005-834, 1981 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
00115400
Abstract
Respiratory symptoms among employees of the Public Employees' Retirement Association (SIC-8321) in Denver, Colorado, were investigated on November 24, 1980. A representative of the Public Employees' Retirement Association requested the evaluation on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Symptoms of burning and tearing of eyes, throat irritation, shortness of breath, and a burning sensation of the skin were reported by workers when entering the basement vault. Examination of the vault's contents revealed hydrocarbon solvent vapors from the ink of blank checks stored in the vault as the probable source of the reported respiratory symptoms. This problem was compounded by lack of ventilation in the vault which allowed the solvent vapors to collect. The author recommends that a ventilation system be installed if freshly printed checks are to be stored in the vault.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-81-005-834; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-8; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Health-surveys; Ventilation-systems; Hydrocarbon-solvents; Air-contamination; Author Keywords: Individual and Family Services; printing ink; fireproof vault; mucous membrane irritation
Publication Date
19810301
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-103812
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HHE-81-005-834
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8321
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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