Technical Assistance Report No. TA-77-73, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.
Cases of recurring dermatitis were investigated in one duplicating facility (SIC-7332) at Pennsylvania State University in Pennsylvania, on November 1, 1977. The investigation was requested by the Manager of Safety, Department of University Safety, Pennsylvania State College, after several outbreaks of skin disorders among three duplicating room workers and visitors had occurred. A walk through inspection was carried out, previous findings reviewed, affected subjects interviewed, dermatologists consulted, and various etiologies considered, including insect bites, particulate matter, ectoparasites, microbiol agents, allergic phenomena, chemical dermatitis, prickly heat, and psychological factors. The author concludes that while definite cause for the outbreaks could not be ascertained, the most likely causes suggest a particulate, allergic, or psychological origin. He recommends environmental sampling, transfer of affected workers dermatological examinations, and other tests to identify the source of the problem.
U.S. Department of H.E.W., NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 pages, 4 references