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HHE Report No. HETA-81-305-961, Aurora Schools, Aurora, Colorado.

Authors
Pryor-P
Source
NIOSH 1981 Oct:10-10
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00119691
Abstract
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for methyl- alcohol (67561) at the East Middle School (SIC-8211) in Aurora, Colorado, on June 19, 1981. A representative of the Aurora Schools requested the evaluation for an unspecified number of workers. Medical questionnaires were also administered to an unspecified number of affected workers. Time weighted average concentrations of methyl-alcohol ranged from 396.0 to 640.0 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum) compared with the OSHA standard of 260mg/cum. Methyl- alcohol concentrations ranging from 968.0 to 1400.0mg/cum were collected during 15 minute sampling periods. All medical questionnaire respondents reported some adverse health symptoms including blurred vision, headaches, nose burning, sluggishness, dizziness, sore throat, dermatitis, chest tightness, and depression. The author concludes that a health hazard from exposure to methyl- alcohol existed at this facility. He recommends provisions of local exhaust ventilation, aeration of newly duplicated paper, use of rubber gloves, good personal hygiene, and other ventilation modifications to reduce methyl-alcohol exposure from the duplicating fluids.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-305-961; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Alcohols; Air-sampling; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
CAS No.
67-56-1;
Publication Date
19811001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-161174
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HETA-81-305-961
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8211;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
CO; OH;
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