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HHE Report No. HHE-80-240-855, New York, University, New York, New York.

Authors
Baker-D; Fannick-N
Source
NIOSH 1981 Apr:16 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00116147
Abstract
Environmental air samples were analyzed for formaldehyde (50000), ethyl-acrylate (140885), and organic solvents to investigate complaints of headache, eye irritation, fatigue and nausea among employees at New York University (SIC-8221) in New York, New York. The evaluation was requested by the management on behalf of approximately 40 employees. Concentrations ethyl-acrylate, toluene (108883), formaldehyde, hexane (110543), and methylchloroform (71556) were below respective OSHA standards of 100, 750, 4.5, 1800, and 1900 milligrams per cubic meter. The responses to medical questionnaires administered to 53 employees revealed a high prevalence of mucosal membrane irritation and headache, with fatigue or nausea occuring concurrently during construction and varnishing of office interiors. The authors conclude that while no definite toxic exposures could be ascertained because sampling took place 2 months after the symptoms were initially reported, the symptoms were consistent with exposures to formaldehyde or volatile organics. They recommend increasing the ventilation rate, installing of a separate exhaust system, and raising the height of the exhaust stack.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-240-855; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Aldehydes; Organic-compounds; Industrial-hygiene;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 140-88-5; 108-88-3; 110-54-3; 71-55-6;
Publication Date
19810401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-215294
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-80-240-855
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8221;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 16 pages, 7 references
State
NY;
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