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HHE report no. HETA-91-191-2217, Sporting Hill Elementary, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Kelly-J
Source
NIOSH 1992 May; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00208287
Abstract
In response to community concerns that an odor at the Sporting Hill Elementary (SIC-1542) located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania was causing headaches, stomachaches, dizziness, and respiratory problems for the staff and students, an investigation was made to determine the source of the problem. A solvent had been used to remove tile mastic and a carpet adhesive had been used to install new carpet during the remodeling of the school. Air quality samples were taken and analyzed which indicated that the source of the odor was primarily the solvent used to remove the tile mastic. The area air concentrations of total volatile organic compounds ranged from nondetectable to 2.1mg/m3. The concentrations as measured were far below the acceptable limit for trimethylbenzene which was used as a surrogate to compare the levels as there was no occupational guideline specifically for the chemical mixture used in the remover. The author concludes that, while the concentration present on the day of the study was not sufficient to cause a health hazard, the concentration was in the range of that which may cause occupants of the building to experience eye nose and throat irritation. The author recommends measures which may prevent similar problems associated with renovations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-191-2217; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Indoor-air-pollution; Adhesives; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19920501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-221381
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-91-191-2217
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
1542
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-91-191-2217, 10 pages, 6 references
State
PA; OH
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