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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-1000-2406, Ithaca City School District, Transportation Department, Ithaca, New York.

Authors
Donovan-BA
Source
NIOSH 1994 Mar; :1-32
NIOSHTIC No.
00219662
Abstract
In response to a request from the local section of the National Education Association (NEA), an investigation was begun into possible exposures to diesel exhaust, solvents, and brake pad asbestos (1332214) fibers at the Transportation Department of the Ithaca City School District (SIC -4151), Ithaca, New York. To determine exposures to diesel exhaust, elemental carbon (7440440) samples were collected. The garage and office area of the building revealed levels of carbon which were of concern, given that NIOSH considers diesel exhaust to be a potential human carcinogen. Even though no painting or brake pad procedures were underway at the time of the study, recommendations were made for establishing a paint booth or local exhaust ventilation system to control organic vapor exposures. Asbestos exposures have been documented at other similar sites by NIOSH investigations. Workers smoked in the building, and there was no ventilation, and no smoking policy in place. The author concludes that a health hazard may exist from exposure to diesel exhausts. The author recommends specific measures to reduce exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-1000-2406; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Indoor-air-pollution; Cigarette-smoking; Asbestos-fibers; Mechanics; Carcinogens; Diesel-exhausts; Automobile-repair-shops; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: school buses; diesel exhaust; elemental carbon; paint; organic solvents; transportation department; environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 7440-44-0
Publication Date
19940301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-183498
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-93-1000-2406
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4151
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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