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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-247-958, Boehringer Ingelheim, LTD., Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Authors
McManus-KP; Baker-D
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 81-247-958, 1981 Sep; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00119085
Abstract
Environmental air samples were analyzed at Boehringer Ingelheim Limited (SIC-2834), in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on April 6 and 7, 1981 to ascertain the cause of skin rashes among 15 employees medical interviews were also conducted with workers on April 6 and 16, 1981. The rashes developed after a change in chemicals in the water treatment for the steam generators. Diethylaminoethanol (100378) was identified as the only volatile component of the new water treatment. No diethylaminoethanol was detected in any air samples. Medical complaints consisted of burning and itching of the exposed skin with a red rash, dry throat, headache, chest tightness and high blood pressure. Skin examinations revealed an irritant type rash on the exposed areas of the face, neck, and hands suggestive of a phototoxic skin reaction. No pattern of systemic health problems could be verified among the exposed employees. The authors conclude that although the source of the skin rashes appeared to be the air handling system, no specific etiological agent could be identified. They suggest that a reaction product of diethylaminoethanol was probably responsible for the reported symptoms and recommend that an alternative method of boiler water treatment be substituted or that an alternative method of humidification be installed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-247-958; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-1; Skin-disorders; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Industrial-hygiene; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: OEAE; Diethylaminoethanol; 2-methylaminoethanol; Steam humidification; Boiler water treatment; Skin irritation; Phototoxicity
CAS No.
100-37-8
Publication Date
19810901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-127449
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-247-958
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2834
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CT; OH
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