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HHE report no. HETA-83-020-1351, Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Authors
Fannick-N; Lipscomb-J; McManus-K
Source
NIOSH 1983 Aug; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00135380
Abstract
Environmental samples were analyzed for diethylaminoethanol (100378) (DEAE) at the Johnson Museum, (SIC-8411) Cornell University, Ithaca, New York in January 1983. The survey was requested by the 40 employees because of eye irritation and dermatitis. DEAE was used to humidify the air in the museum. Air samples and bulk samples were analyzed for DEAE. Medical interviews were conducted. Of the 14 samples taken, only 2 had detectable amounts of DEAE. The two concentrations were 0.05 and 0.04 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). This was below the OSHA standard of 50mg/m3. The two bulk samples contained about 30mg per square meter of exposed area. A total of 46 percent of the employees complained of eye irritation, 37 percent complained of skin irritation, and 17 percent complained of headache, nose and throat irritation, or dizziness. Six females reported gynecological problems. The authors conclude that contact with surfaces coated with condensed DEAE may be responsible for some of the irritant effects. Headache and dizziness may be related to the closed building syndrome. It is recommended that DEAE be wiped from surfaces, or the use of DEAE be discontinued.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-2; Employee-exposure; Toxic-effects; Physiological-response; Irritants; HETA-83-020-1351
CAS No.
100-37-8
Publication Date
19830801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-163582
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-020-1351
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8411
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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