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Health hazard evlauation report: HETA-81-161-952, Public School 397, Brooklyn, New York.

Authors
Fannick-N; Baker-D
Source
NIOSH 1981 Sep; :1-7
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00119086
Abstract
Environmental measurements of temperature, relative humidity, air movement, carbon-monoxide (630080), carbon-dioxide (124389), formaldehyde (50000), and organic vapors were taken on March 31,1981 at Public School 397 (SIC-8211) in Brooklyn, New York. A representative of the United Federation of Teachers, Local 2, requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 550 teachers and students. Employee medical interviews were also conducted. All measured concentrations of carbon-monoxide, carbon-dioxide, and formaldehyde were substantially below the OSHA standards of 50, 500, and 3 parts per million (ppm), respectively. No hydrocarbons were detected. Overall air supply was adequate although air movement at desk top level was low. Relative humidity was slightly below the comfort level. Medical interviews indicated widespread complaints of stale air and respiratory irritation due to dust from classroom carpets. The authors conclude that a health hazard from toxic substances did not exist at this facility. They recommend the vacuuming of classroom rugs, modifications to increase air circulation, and extension of the school's chimney to increase dispersion of the chimney's effluents.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-161-952; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report
CAS No.
630-08-0; 124-38-9; 50-00-0
Publication Date
19810901
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-127415
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-161-952
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8211
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 pages, 4 references
State
NY; OH
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