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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-380-2302, DuPage County Judicial Office Facility, Wheaton, Illinois.

Authors
Hurrell-JJ Jr.; Kiefer-M; Wilcox-T; Kawamoto-M
Source
NIOSH 1993 Apr; :1-20
NIOSHTIC No.
00215344
Abstract
In response to a request from a management representative at the DuPage County Judicial Office Facility (SIC-9211, SIC-9222), Wheaton, Illinois, an investigation was undertaken to examine possible hazardous working conditions at that site. The facility was occupied by about 700 fulltime workers and entered by 1,300 citizens each day. A humidifier malfunction occurred on March 31, 1992 which resulted in the release of a visible haze, possibly containing water treatment chemicals. The building was evacuated and about 20 people were seen at the local hospital. Building occupants continued to report health symptoms which they attributed to the work environment. Basic indoor environmental quality parameters were monitored. Medical interviews were conducted, and symptom logs were reviewed. The authors conclude that no clear environmental causes were found for the symptoms reported. The authors recommend that changes be made in the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Administrative actions to address employee concerns about indoor environmental quality should be taken.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-380-2302; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality; Closed-building-syndrome; Office-workers; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19930401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-235133
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-380-2302
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9211; 9222
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IL; OH
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