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Nicotine fumigation: a greenhouse application.

Authors
Krake-AM
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Jun; 14(6):349-355
NIOSHTIC No.
20025604
Abstract
Our everyday encounters with typical background levels of microorganisms generally do not pose a significant occupational health risk to healthy adults. However, certain contaminated environments present unique exposure concerns due to the nature of the microorganisms encountered, the concentrations of the microorganisms, and the susceptibility of the exposed population. Such was the case when the National Insitute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request to conduct a health hazard evaluation of a capital annex building located in the southern United States. There were approximately 50 employees working there, responsible for archiving, restoring, and displaying historical items and disseminating the state's historical information to the public. Some of these employees reported upper respiratory irritation, allergies, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), which they associated with mold contamination in their work environment. An initial investigation, which established the presence of two primary indoor microbiological contamination sources, was conducted in July 1996. A second, more extensive investgation was conducted in December of the same year to better characterize the nature and extent of the microbiological contamination. The case study presents the findings from these investigations.
Keywords
Smoking; Cigarette-smoking; Cigarette-manufacturing; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Plants; Airborne-particles; Pesticides; Microorganisms; Health-hazards; Molds; Work-environment; Respiratory-system-disorders; Allergies; Hypersensitivity; Case-studies
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19990601
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Tharr-D
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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