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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-81-658, Teltronic Systems, Inc., New York, NY.
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 78-81-658, 1980 Jan; :1-7
Air sampling was performed at Teltronic Systems, Inc. (SIC-3679), New York, in January of 1980 to determine if hazardous compounds were being released during the operation of a copying machine. The survey was requested by company management after workers had complained of headaches and sore throats following installation and use of the copier. Air samples were collected with activated charcoal and silica gel sampling tubes. Detectable amounts of methyl-alcohol (67561) and toluene (108883) were found; but they were well below the current OSHA standards of 200 parts per million for an 8 hour time weighted average for both compounds. The authors conclude that even though the exposures were below current standards, the workers' complaints were consistent with exposure to toluene; which was generated by even limited use of the copier. Recommendations were made to place the copier in a storage room when it is not in use, to use the unit only when necessary, and to limit use as much as possible to the end of the work day.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-81-658; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Electric-and-electronic-equipment; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Air-contamination; Gases; Industrial-organic-chemicals; Physiological-effects; Photographic-equipment; Region-2; Author Keywords: Copying Machine; Headaches; Sore Throats; Ozone; Methyl Alcohol; Toluene; Carbon Monoxide
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