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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-79-56, Social Security Administration, Findlay, Ohio.
Watanabe A; Love J
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 79-56, 1980 May; :1-15
Environmental sampling and an epidemiological survey were conducted at the Social Security Administration (SSA) (SIC-9441) in Findlay, Ohio, on September 5 to 7, 1979 to investigate the cause of worker complaints of dry or sore throat, headache, eye irritation, and a foul odor. The survey was requested by the SSA on behalf of 26 employees. Twenty five of the 26 employees were interviewed by direct questionnaire to ascertain medical histories and work related symptoms experienced. Area air samples were obtained for formaldehyde (50000), naphtha (8030306), amines, fibrous glass, nuisance particulates, ozone (10028156), carbon-monoxide (630080), and nitrogen-oxide (10024972). Nineteen of the 25 interviewed workers reported one or more work related symptoms. Symptomatic workers tended to be over 30 years old. All of the chemicals found in the air samples were below OSHA standards. The authors conclude that the workers' symptoms are not due to environmental chemical exposures. The few symptoms reported by the control group may be due to a fresher and cooler air supply system resulting in a general feeling of comfort. Recommendations include checks on thermostat performance, relocations of thermostats, better ventilation, the use of fans to increase air movement, and continuation of the no smoking policy.
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