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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-298-944, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Chrostek-WJ; Shoemaker-WE
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 81-298-944, 1981 Aug; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00119092
Abstract
Personal air samples were analyzed for plastic decomposition products at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (SIC- 8922) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 8, 1981. The evaluation was requested by management on behalf of approximately two affected workers. Formaldehyde (50000) concentrations ranged from 0.46 to standard of 3.6mg/cu m. All other aldehydes were below the analytical limit of detection. Toluene (108883) concentrations ranged from 1.94 to 3.87mg/cu m, below the OSHA standard of 750mg/cu m. All other substances were minimal and could not be positively identified due to interferences. The authors conclude that no health hazards from toluene exposure exist at this facility. In order to reduce formaldehyde exposures to the lowest feasible limit, the authors recommend redesign of the exhaust ventilation system of the baking oven.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-298-944; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Plastics; Air-contamination; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Noncommerical Educational, Scientific and Research Organizations; Orthotic Research; Prosthetic Research; formaldehyde; toluene; general adverse health problems
CAS No.
50-00-0; 108-88-3
Publication Date
19810801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-126409
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-298-944
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8922
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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