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Development of evaluation procedures for local exhaust ventilation for United States Postal Service mail-processing equipment.

Authors
Beamer-BR; Topmiller-JL; Crouch-KG
Source
J Occup Environ Hyg 2004 Jul; 1(7):423-429
NIOSHTIC No.
20025925
Abstract
Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have conducted several evaluations of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems for the United States Postal Service (USPS) since autumn 2001 when (a) terrorist(s) employed the mail system for acts of bioterrorism. As a part of the USPS 2002 Emergency Preparedness Plan, the development and installation of LEV onto USPS mail-processing equipment can reduce future exposures to operators from potentially hazardous contaminants, such as anthrax, which might be emitted during the processing of mail. This article describes how NIOSH field testing led to the development of recommended testing procedures for evaluations of LEV capture efficiency for mail-processing equipment, including tracer gas measurements, smoke release observations, air velocity measurements, and decay-rate testing under access hoods.
Keywords
Ventilation-systems; Exhaust-systems; Postal-employees; Biological-warfare-agents; Biological-agents; Hazards; Hazardous-materials; Health-hazards; Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Air-contamination
Contact
Bryan R. Beamer, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R-5, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
JOEHA2
Publication Date
20040701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bbeamer@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1545-9624
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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