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HHE Report No. HETA-85-335-1629, Lahey Printing Press And Office Building, Littleton, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter-BJ; Thoburn-TW
Source
NIOSH 1985 Oct; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00157102
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for toluene (108883), perchloroethylene (127184), chloroform (67663), methylene- chloride (75092) and mineral spirits at the Lahey Printing Press and Office Building (SIC-2751, 6162, 8911), Littleton, Colorado in June, 1985. The evaluation was requested by the County District Health Department to assess solvent exposure in the building, a two story structure that housed the print shop on the first floor. Twelve office workers were interviewed. All individual solvent exposures were below their relevant standards. The ratio of concentration to threshold limit value for mixed solvent exposure ranged from 0.22 to 1.03. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist criterion for mixed solvent exposure is 1.0. Five workers felt that exposures in the building affected their health and reported symptoms of headache, fatigue, drowsiness, or disorientation. These symptoms tended to worsen as the week wore on. All workers reported solvent odors when first entering the building. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard exists from solvent vapors on the top floor. Recommendations include improving the seal on the ventilation duct from the first floor, installing local exhausting ventilation in the print shop, and educating print shop employees on the current handling of solvents.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Printing-industry; Region-8; Breathing-atmospheres; Air-monitoring; Exposure-limits; HETA-85-335-1629
CAS No.
108-88-3; 127-18-4; 67-66-3; 75-09-2
Publication Date
19851001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-202884
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-85-335-1629
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2751
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-85-335-1629, 11 pages, 9 references
State
CO; OH
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