HHE report no. HETA-91-378-2242, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Albany, New York.
NIOSH 1992 Aug; :1-27
In response to a request from employees working at Building 8 of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (SIC-9311), Albany, New York, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at that site. There were 2940 permanent employees and 450 temporary employees working in Building 8. The employees reported headaches, fatigue, eye irritation, sinus problems, dizziness, tightness in the chest, nausea and sore throat. Eleven reported neurologic symptoms. Due to outbreaks of illness, parts of the building had been evacuated at different times. The authors conclude that neither an environmental review nor a medical evaluation could identify any specific agent responsible for the reported symptoms. Working conditions which may have contributed to health complaints included poor temperature control, open plan office design, lack of attention to ergonomics, overcrowding, and lack of cleanliness. The building in the past had been extensively sprayed for insects and there was also in the history a boiler water leak containing 2-diethylaminoethanol (100378) which had resulted in several employees being treated in local emergency rooms. The authors recommend that office working conditions be improved, and that specific problems be addressed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-378-2242; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Nervous-system-disorders; Office-workers; Irritants; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality-control; Pesticides; Indoor-environmental-quality
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-91-378-2242, 27 pages, 43 references