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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-419-1697, USGS Laboratory, Doraville, Georgia.

Authors
Rondinelli-R; Wilcox-T; Roper-P; Salisbury-S
Source
NIOSH 1986 May; :1-29
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00163562
Abstract
The U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory (SIC- 9511), Doraville, Georgia requested an evaluation of physical complaints reported by employees to determine possible work related causes. Laboratory workers, in general, complained of physical symptoms which were irritative (rash, sore throat, nose or sinus irritation), neurological (numbness, muscle weakness) and nonspecific (dizziness, headache, emotional swings, insomnia, muscle aching, fatigue). Blood samples showed that five of the 51 workers in the study population had antinuclear antibodies detected in their blood. Sera of positive cases were analyzed for additional classes of antinuclear antibodies associated with specific connective tissue diseases. No common pattern could be found to indicate a drug or chemical induced etiology. Reported exposure to solvents such as benzene (71432), methylene-chloride (75092), hexane (110543) and acetone (67641) were positively related with light headedness or dizziness, numbness, unexplained muscle weakness and muscle aching. Air sampling did not reveal any remarkable exposure to chemical contaminants. The authors conclude that no relationship could be established between chemical exposures and antinuclear antibody positivity. Exposure to chemicals measured by air sampling were below occupational health exposure limits. The ventilation system has many inadequacies; the authors recommend that it should be upgraded. Existing chemical waste disposal to open sanitary sewer drains in the floor should be corrected.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-4; HETA-84-419-1697; Laboratory-workers; Laboratory-work; Workplace-studies; Organic-solvents; Hazard-Unconfirmed
CAS No.
71-43-2; 75-09-2; 110-54-3; 67-64-1
Publication Date
19860501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-106506
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-419-1697
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9511
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-419-1697, 29 pages, 19 references
State
GA; OH
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