HHE report no. HETA-92-216-2239, Kenton County Department for Social Insurance, Covington, Kentucky.
Burr-GA; Jewel-GA; Klein-M; Deitchman-S
NIOSH 1992 Jul; :1-29
In response to a request from three workers at the Kenton County Department for Social Insurance (DSI) (SIC-9441), Covington, Kentucky, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at that site. The workers complained of headaches, nausea, sinus infections, bronchial problems, breathing problems, unpleasant odors, dust and other items thought to be related to the quality of the indoor air they were breathing. In 1990, the third floor of the seven story building was completely renovated with new carpeting, windows, painting of walls and some asbestos removal. The DSI office was responsible for processing social benefits for the area. Carbon-dioxide (124389) levels were increased slightly on the third floor during the work day, but remained below the established limits. Temperature and relative humidity levels were within the comfort zone. An effective smoking policy was not in effect. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed at the site. The symptoms experienced by these workers may have been the result of indoor air pollution caused by cigarette smoking. The ventilation systems servicing the area were unbalanced, which may have contributed to these symptoms as well. The authors recommend the development and implementation of an effective smoking policy, and balancing the ventilation system.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-216-2239; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Office-workers; Indoor-air-pollution; Cigarette-smoking; Indoor-environmental-quality
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-216-2239, 29 pages, 33 references