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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-64-593, Pennsylvania Social Services Union, Local 668, SEIU, AFL-CIO, Philadelphia, 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 79-64-593, 1979 May; :1-6
Atmospheric sampling was conducted in and around the offices of the Pennsylvania Social Services Union in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to evaluate reported airborne exposures of xylene (1330207) vapors and other solvent odors emanating from an adjacent building occupied by Rich-Art Graphics, a silk screen printer. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative of approximately 10 employees of Pennsylvania Social Services Union, Local 668, SEIU, AFL-CIO. The employees had complained of headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and eye irritation allegedly caused by the odors. Detector tube readings of benzene (71432), acetone (67641), methyl ethyl ketone (78933), xylene, and toluene (108883) all were below the lower limit of detection for the specific contaminant. It is recommended that future reports of the detection of these odors should be forwarded to the Philadelphia Air Management inspector.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-64-593; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-3; Commercial-photography-and-art; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Air-sampling; Unions; Author Keywords: xylene; solvents; silk screen printer; headaches; dizziness; nausea; vomiting; eye irritation
1330-20-7; 71-43-2; 67-64-1; 78-93-3; 108-88-3
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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