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Health evaluation and technical assistance report no. TA-78-12, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Authors
Apol-AG; Milby-TH; Whorton-D
Source
NIOSH 1978 May; :1-13
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00080924
Abstract
A hazard evaluation and technical assistance survey of the biology- botany science building (SIC-8071) at the University of Oregon, Corvallis Campus to determine a possible etiologic agent responsible for nervous system complaints among employees has been conducted. Upon occupation of the new building formerly healthy plants transplanted to the new laboratories died. Since that time, a plant pathologist died of a neurological disease and three other professors contracted a similar progressive neurological disease. The ventilation system of the building was studied. Fume hood rates were measured and air inlet filters were analyzed. In addition, medical interviews of employees were conducted, medical histories obtained, and consultations with their physicians held. If there is a single process endemic among the present staff, it could not be identified, although there are definitely similarities in complaints. No pathophysiological link between the fatal neurological diseases and current complaints among the staff was found. No clear cut etiologic relationship between the work environment and symptoms was apparent. Continuing periodic medical evaluation conducted by the institution was recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; Industrial-hygiene; Air-contamination; Laboratory-surveys; Scientific-personnel; Nervous-system; Nerves; TA-78-12; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Ventilation-ducts; Environmental-engineering; Exhausts; Vents; Ventilation-equipment; Exhaust-ventilation; Etiology; Laboratories; Neurological disorders; Medical monitoring
Publication Date
19780501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-137509
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-78-12
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8071
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, TA-78-12
State
OR; OH
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