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HHE Report No. HETA-83-312-1400, Champion Technology Center, Hamilton, Ohio.

Authors
Boiano-JM
Source
NIOSH 1984 Jan:16 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00149694
Abstract
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000) were investigated on June 14 to 16, 1983 at Champion Paper Technology Center (SIC-0262) in Hamilton, Ohio. The evaluation was requested by the employees after the building had been fumigated with formaldehyde gas to eradicate histoplasmin from the ventilation system. Air samples were analyzed for formaldehyde and wipe samples were analyzed for paraformaldehyde (30525894). The air samples contained up to 3.9 parts per million (ppm) formaldehyde, compared to the OSHA 8 hour time weighted average limit of 3ppm, and a 30 minute ceiling limit of 30ppm. Paraformaldehyde concentrations in the wipe samples ranged from about 50 to 5600 micrograms per 100 square centimeters. The main contamination sites appeared to be associated with spillage of paraformaldehyde when the fumigation equipment had been set up. The author concludes that the workers had a short term exposure to formaldehyde that could cause irritative symptoms, but no persistent health hazard from formaldehyde exists.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Paper-industry; Region-5; Laboratory-workers; Air-contamination; Aldehydes; Fumigants; HETA-83-312-1400;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 30525-89-4;
Publication Date
19840101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-179208
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-312-1400
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-312-1400, 16 pages, 14 references
State
OH;
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