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HHE report no. HETA-92-216-2239, Kenton County Department for Social Insurance, Covington, Kentucky.

Authors
Burr-GA; Jewel-GA; Klein-M; Deitchman-S
Source
NIOSH 1992 Jul; :1-29
NIOSHTIC No.
00210218
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
CAS No.
124-38-9
Publication Date
19920701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-119311
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-216-2239
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-92-216-2239, 29 pages, 33 references
State
KY; ME; OH
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