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Health hazard evaluation report: evaluation of indoor environmental quality at an accounting office, Florida.

Authors
Bailey-R; Piacitelli-C; Martin-S Jr.; Cox-Ganser-J
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA-2011-0096-3176, 2013 Apr; :1-65
NIOSHTIC No.
20042494
Abstract
On April 15, 2011, NIOSH received an employee request regarding headaches, fatigue, weakness, fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, coughing, chronic sinusitis, sore throat, burning eyes, and difficulty concentrating in a water-damaged building. In June 2011, NIOSH investigators conducted a site visit. The majority of employees reported building-related symptoms. We found evidence of water damage inside the building and mold inside supply air ducts of two air handlers. Vacuumed carpet dust samples collected during the site visit showed a high burden of culturable fungi and bacteria. We provided a number of recommendations for remediation including addressing causes of water damage and replacing contaminated carpet and ductwork. Building management replaced two rooftop air handling units and some ductwork. The carpet was steam cleaned. Some building occupants continued to have symptoms, and the accounting company relocated to another building.
Keywords
Indoor-environmental-quality; Indoor-air-pollution; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-infections; Molds; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Fungi; Bacteria; Bacterial-dusts; Author Keywords: Offices of Certified Public Accountants; indoor environmental quality; IEQ; respiratory symptoms; dampness; mold; bacteria; ventilation; HVAC; carpet
Publication Date
20130401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-107103
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
HETA-2011-0096-3176; B20130520
NIOSH Division
DRDS
SIC Code
NAICS-541211
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
FL; WV
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