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HHE Report No. HETA-81-142-892, McKeesport Hospital, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Chrostek-WJ
Source
NIOSH 1981 Jun:10 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00119093
Abstract
Environmental air samples were analyzed for xylene (1330207), isopropanol (67630), ethanol (64175), and formaldehyde (50000), at the McKeesport Hospital (SIC-8062) in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on February 24, 1981. The evaluation was requested by management for an unspecified number of workers. Ethanol concentrations ranged from 2.5 to 14.4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m), compared with the OSHA standard of 1900mg/cu m. Isopropanol concentrations were in the 0.3 to 4.5mg/cu m range, compared with the OSHA standard of 980mg/cu m. Samples for xylene ranged from 2.3 to 52.8mg/cu m, below the OSHA standard of 435mg/cu m. Formaldehyde concentrations ranged from 2.3 to 2.8mg/cu m compared with the OSHA standard of 3.6mg/cu m. The author recommends maintenance of ventilation systems, proper waste disposal of contaminated materials, improved exhaust ventilation, medical surveillance of all workers exposed to formaldehye, and other measures to reduce employee exposures to formaldehyde.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-142-892; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Air-sampling; Health-care-facilities; Health-surveys; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
CAS No.
1330-20-7; 67-63-0; 64-17-5; 50-00-0;
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-258450
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-142-892
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8062;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages, 6 references
State
PA; OH;
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