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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-168-1302, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Washington, D.C.

Authors
Hodgson-M; Morey-P
Source
NIOSH 1983 Apr; :1-32
NIOSHTIC No.
00136432
Abstract
A walk through inspection was conducted at the Hubert Humphrey Building (SIC-9431) in Washington, DC, on March 16, 1982. The inspection was requested by the Assistant Director of the Centers for Disease Control because of a persistent flu like illness experienced by service employees in the building. A questionnaire was distributed and air samples were obtained for bacteria, fungi, and other contaminants. Nasal swabs and sera were drawn from affected subjects. Affected persons experienced ongoing respiratory exposure to an unidentified antigen associated with water leaks in one corridor of the building. Affected subjects had lower single breath carbon-monoxide diffusing capacity than those who were not affected, indicating the presence of lung disease. The authors conclude that headaches, myalgias, chills, chest tightness, fever, and nausea experienced by building personnel were probably caused by respiratory exposure to an unknown antigen. They recommend that the carpeting and ceiling panels be discarded, the pipe exteriors cleaned, the floors scrubbed with bleach, and walls and furniture vacuumed with a high efficiency particulate air filter.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Office-workers; Region-3; Clinical-symptoms; Employee-exposure; Disease-incidence; HETA-82-168-1302; Author Keywords: administration of public health programs; hypersensitivity pneumonitis; office buildings
Publication Date
19830401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-210905
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-82-168-1302
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9431
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA; OH
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