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HHE report no.: HETA-82-338-1266, Center for Molecular Nutrition and Sensory Disorders, Washington, D.C.

Authors
Wallingford-KM; Yodaiken-RE
Source
NIOSH 1983 Feb; :1-7
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00127804
Abstract
Ventilation measurements and informal discussions were conducted to evaluate worker exposures to nitrobenzene (98953), pyridine (110861), thiophene (110021), and n-amyl-acetate (628637) at the Center for Molecular Nutrition and Sensory Disorders (SIC-8010) in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1982. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative on behalf of three employees. The function of three individuals was to administer smell tests to patients experiencing sensory disorders. Employee symptoms included headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue in two of the testers. Airborne concentrations were well below any criteria, but detectable quantities were present on the hands of two test personnel. The authors conclude that nitrobenzene is probably the cause of the reported symptoms. They recommend the use of disposable gloves and polyseal caps to reduce external contamination of the bottle. They also recommend substitution of benzaldehyde (100527) for the nitrobenzene.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Ventilation; Skin-absorption; Sensory-perceptual-disorders; Sensory-thresholds; Region-10; HETA-82-338-1266; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report
CAS No.
98-95-3; 110-86-1; 110-02-1; 628-63-7; 100-52-7
Publication Date
19830201
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-209725
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-338-1266
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8010
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 pages, 5 references
State
WA; OH
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