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HHE report no. HETA-93-0848-2399, Providence Ambulatory Health Care Foundation, Inc., Olneyville Health Care Center, Providence, Rhode Island.

Authors
Burton-NC
Source
NIOSH 1994 Mar; :1-17
NIOSHTIC No.
00219665
Abstract
In response to a request from the management of the Providence Ambulatory Health Care Foundation (SIC-8011), an evaluation of the suitability of the current ventilation systems for preventing the transmission of tuberculosis at the Olneyville Health Care Center, Providence, Rhode Island, was conducted. The clinic was served by four single zone, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) package units located on the roof as well as an additional air conditioning unit for the perimeter offices, laboratory, and conference room. The HVAC units were found to be operating in an automatic mode, which resulted in no supply air being delivered to the examination rooms and the laboratory when temperature setpoints were satisfied. One of the thermostats controlling the HVAC units was not working properly. A tuberculin screening program was established for clients but no program was in place for employees. The author concludes that there were observed deficiencies in the ventilation systems which could potentially increase the risk of tuberculosis transmission. The author recommends that the operation of the ventilation system be improved, and the tuberculosis control program be strengthened.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0848-2399; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Indoor-air-pollution; Infectious-diseases; Infection-control; Health-care-personnel; Bacterial-infections; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19940301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-187432
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-93-0848-2399
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8011
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-93-0848-2399, 17 pages, 23 references
State
RI; OH
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