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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-176-2328, Coe Manufacturing, Inc., Portland, Oregon.

Authors
Malkin-R; Martinez-KF; Hanley-K
Source
NIOSH 1993 Jun; :1-29
NIOSHTIC No.
00217013
Abstract
In response to a request from employees of the Coe Manufacturing facility (SIC-3553), Portland, Oregon, an investigation was begun into illness believed to be associated with exposures in the office areas of the facility. Coe manufactured equipment used in sawmills and in the manufacture of plywood products. Employees reported numerous perceived problems with the office environment including cigarette smoke, stale air, insufficient air, excessive glare on computer screens, variable temperatures, and ammonia (7664417) odors from a blueprint copier and dirty air vents. Increasing carbon- dioxide (124389) levels confirmed the insufficient supply of outside air during the day. The fresh air damper on the ventilation system was closed and the system was in a nonoperational mode in the area where the highest carbon-dioxide levels were recorded. The authors conclude that symptoms at the facility may be related to deficiencies in the ventilation system, tobacco smoke in the air, and poor work station design. The authors recommend that the ventilation system be cleaned and repaired, a nonsmoking policy should be implemented, and ergonomic issues should be addressed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-176-2328; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-10; Office-workers; Computer-equipment; Indoor-air-pollution; Tobacco-smoke; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-environmental-quality
CAS No.
7664-41-7; 124-38-9
Publication Date
19930601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-129475
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-176-2328
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3553
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OR; OH
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