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Technical assistance report, No. TA-80-39, Brookhaven IRS Service Center, Holtzville, New York.

Authors
Hartle-RW; Keenlyside-R
Source
NIOSH 1980 Sep; :1-10
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00117364
Abstract
Worker exposures to various chemicals were surveyed on February 27 and June 18 to 20, 1980 at the Brookhaven Internal Revenue Service Center (SIC-9311) in Holtzville, New York. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the General Services Administration to determine the cause of worker health complaints. Workers were interviewed and air samples were collected and analyzed for nitrous- oxides, sulfur-dioxide (7446095), formaldehyde (50000), carbon- monoxide (630080), dust, and total organics. Workers reported symptoms of burning eyes, sore throat, sinus irritation, nausea, dizziness, metallic taste, and headaches, and complained of uncomfortable workroom temperatures, poor ventilation, and lack of fresh air. Exposures to nitrous-oxide (10024972), nitrogen-dioxide (10102440), sulfur-dioxide, carbon-monoxide, formaldehyde, mineral spirits total nuisance dust, and respirable nuisance dust were below respective OSHA standards of 25 parts per million (ppm), 5ppm, 50ppm, 50ppm, 3ppm, 500ppm, 15 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), and 5mg/m3. Stack emissions were suggested as the source of the workers' complaints. The authors recommend increasing the stack height and installing gas trapping devices in roof drains to prevent vapor backflow.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-39; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Industrial-emissions
CAS No.
7446-09-5; 50-00-0; 630-08-0; 10024-97-2; 10102-44-0
Publication Date
19800901
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-216573
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
TA-80-39
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9311
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages, 1 reference
State
NY; OH
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