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HHE report no. HETA-97-0015-2639, Federal Express, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Reh-BD; Hurrell-J Jr.
Source
NIOSH 1997 May; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00238618
Abstract
In response to a confidential request from employees at the Federal Express Call Center (SIC-4513), Cincinnati, Ohio, an investigation was begun into indoor environmental quality at the facility. The concerns included a lack of ventilation; an unclean work area; exposures to dust, mold, and contaminants; illnesses of unknown origin; chronic upper respiratory problems; above average absenteeism; low employee morale; and a hostile work environment. Employees who were interviewed spoke of runny nose, stuffy nose/sinus congestion, dry throat, eye irritation, fatigue, and sleepiness. Several also reported pain or numbness in the shoulder, neck, hands, or wrist. One recently had undergone surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. A number of employees reported that they experienced symptoms of stress as a result of excessive work pressure and mandatory overtime. Carbon-dioxide (124389) levels, temperature, and relative humidity were all within acceptable ranges, and the carbon-dioxide concentration did not increase throughout the day, suggesting that the ventilation system was providing good air circulation and introducing enough outside air into the work area. In the roof top air handling unit there was visible mold growth and fine dust. Recommendations were made to improve the situation, but no specific hazards were noted.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-97-0015-2639; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Repetitive-work; Workplace-studies; Temperature-effects; Indoor-air-pollution; Ventilation-systems; Job-stress; Indoor-environmental-quality
CAS No.
124-38-9
Publication Date
19970501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-106156
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-97-0015-2639
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4513
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-97-0015-2639, 11 pages, 18 references
State
OH
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