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HHE report no. HETA-91-118-2213, Cocalico School District, Denver, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Kelly-J
Source
NIOSH 1992 May; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00208294
Abstract
In response to a request from the Cocalico School District (SIC- 1542) of Denver, Pennsylvania, an evaluation was undertaken of a solvent odor in the Adamstown Elementary School building. A solvent primarily composed of terpenes had been used to remove floor tile mastic during the removal of asbestos tiles from the school rooms. Staff and students had experienced eye and throat irritation, nausea, and headaches. Efforts had been made to reduce the odor, and students had been relocated to another building. Twelve area air samples were collected to measure the concentrations of volatile organic compounds in various locations of the building. All concentrations were significantly below required limits. The source did not appear to be the solvent used to remove the tile mastic, but rather appeared to be from products used in construction and renovation projects. The author concludes that the concentrations of individual volatile organic compounds at the time of the survey did not represent a health hazard. The total volatile organic compound concentration could cause symptoms of eye, nose and throat irritation. The author recommends measures to prevent elevated levels of volatile organic compounds after renovations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-118-2213; Region-3; Hazard-Confirmed; Indoor-air-pollution; Construction-industry; Organic-solvents; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19920501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-217918
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-91-118-2213
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-91-118-2213, 12 pages, 17 references
State
PA; OH
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