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HHE report no. HETA-91-257-2184, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, 200 Goodall Complex, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Echt-A; Martinez-KF; Wilcox-TG; Crandall-MS
Source
NIOSH 1992 Mar; :1-26
NIOSHTIC No.
00206943
Abstract
In response to an employer request, an investigation was undertaken of poor indoor air quality at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (SIC- 9441), Cincinnati, Ohio. The Commission occupied three floors of an office building which was newly renovated in 1985. Complaints began following water leaks from condensate pans in the air handling units on third floor east and third floor west beginning in August of 1990. Carbon-dioxide (124389) concentrations, temperature and relative humidity were measured during the study at six different locations inside the building. Carbon-dioxide levels rose from a mean of 366 parts per million (ppm) in the morning to a mean of 638ppm in the afternoon. Temperatures ranged from 69.9 to 75.3 degrees-F. Relative humidity ranged from 51.5 to 75.5%. Over half the employees had experienced symptoms such as nasal congestion, headaches, or eye irritation while in the building. The filters for the outside air supply fit poorly and allowed dust from the outside to go around the filters, permitting entrance of organic material into the air handling system. Significant moisture blowby of the cooling coils was also noted. According to the authors, there was no clear evidence that the employees' respiratory symptoms were caused by contaminants in the building; however, the presence of thermophilic actinomycetes within this building raises concern. The authors recommend specific measures to help reduce complaints related to the indoor climate of the building.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-257-2184; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Indoor-air-pollution; Closed-building-syndrome; Office-workers; Fungi; Indoor-environmental-quality
CAS No.
124-38-9
Publication Date
19920301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193903
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-91-257-2184
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9441
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-91-257-2184, 26 pages, 34 references
State
OH
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