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HHE determination report no. HHE-76-70-367, Sperry-Univac Corporation, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 76-70-367, 1977 Mar; :1
Acting on a request from an authorized representative of employees regarding occupational exposure of clerical personnel while working in proximity to office copiers (SIC-9999), including complaints of respiratory and eye irritation, headache, sore throat and fatigue, a Health Hazard Evaluation was conducted by NIOSH in regard to practices and exposures relative to the operation of office copiers in the Sperry-Univac Corporation Buildings, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, on June 2-3 and July 22, 1976. The preliminary detector tube tests at the delivery trays of five of six copiers sampled over approximately ten-minute periods each, identified potentially hazardous atmospheric ozone (10028156) levels in the range 0.05-0.10 part per million parts of air while the machines operated continuously. Based on employee interviews during the study it is concluded that certain employees were exposed to excessive levels of ozone, particularly during fairly continuous operating conditions and during adverse exposure conditions. Recommendations are made for changing the location of some of the copiers, together with provisions for local exhaust ventilation.
NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Author; HHE-76-70-367; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Office-workers; Air-quality-measurement; Respiratory-irritants; Eye-irritants; Air-sampling; Oxidizers; Toxicology; Author Keywords: Office Copiers; Ozone; Respiratory and Eye Irritation; Headache; Sore Throat; Fatigue
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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