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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 96-0012-2652, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Authors
Kawamoto-MM; Esswein-EJ; Wallingford-KM; Worthington-KA
Source
NIOSH 1997 Sep; :1-126
NIOSHTIC No.
20000001
Abstract
In 1995, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) asked the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct a health hazard evaluation at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a large teaching hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, MNA, which represents BWH staff nurses, reported that many BWH nurses had developed health problems such as skin and respiratory irritation, asthma, latex allergy, and sensitivity to chemicals. the nurses were concerned that these health problems were related to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in the Patient Tower and in the Center for Women and Newborns (CWN, a new BWH building adjacent and connected to the Patient Tower). Some of the nurses hypothesized that, around March 1993, an event (e.g., a chemical spill or leak) happended within the Patient Tower, contaminating the indoor environment.
Keywords
Health-hazard-evaluation; Hazards-confirmed; Hospitals; Occupational-safety-and-health; Skin-irritations; Indoor-air-pollution; Interviews; Health-records; Chemical-sensitivity; Ventilation; Workers-compensation; Latex; Region-1; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19970901
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-152332
NTIS Price
A08
Identifying No.
HETA-96-0012-2652
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
NIOSH
State
MA; OH
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