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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-002-1312, Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory (MRRL), Fargo, North Dakota.

Authors
Bauer-M; Patnode-R; Morring-K
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 82-002-1312, 1983 May; :1-32
NIOSHTIC No.
00134475
Abstract
An environmental and medical survey was conducted at the Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory (SIC-8922), Fargo, North Dakota in September 1981. The request for the evaluation was made by the laboratory employees to assess the cause and incidence of work related allergies at the laboratory where insects were raised for entomological research. Questionnaires were mailed to 95 employees in September 1981. Follow-up medical interviews and an industrial hygiene survey were conducted. Fifteen of the 80 employees responding to the questionnaire reported allergic reactions to insect exposure at work. Thirteen employees reported eye irritation, seven reported sneezing or running noses, seven reported chest tightness, and seven reported skin irritation or rash. There is no current federal standard for exposure to insect particulates. Medical records were reviewed for nine employees who had seen physicians. The authors conclude that the allergy symptoms could be caused by exposure to airborne insect materials. They recommend that the ventilation system be improved, that drapes and other dust collecting materials be removed, and good cleanliness be observed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Allergic-reactions; Industrial-ventilation; Medical-examinations; Occupational-exposure; HETA-82-002-1312; Author Keywords: Non-commercial Educational, Scientific, and Research Organizations; laboratories; allergies
Publication Date
19830501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-209774
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-82-002-1312
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8922
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
ND; OH
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