Technical Assistance Report, TA-80-18, Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Operating Center.
NIOSH 1980 Aug:13 pages
An environmental and medical evaluation was conducted on February 21 and March 6, 1980 at the Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Operating Center (EOC) (SIC-9224) to determine a possible correlation between high rates of absenteeism among EOC workers and chemically induced respiratory illnesses. The request for technical assistance came from the Medical Director for the city of Los Angeles. Environmental air samples were collected for carbon- monoxide (630080) (CO), and carbon-dioxide (124389) (CO2). CO concentrations ranged from 1 to 3 parts per million (ppm) compared with the NIOSH time weighted average standard of 35 ppm. CO2 concentrations were undetectable. The medical survey revealed worker complaints of headache, eye irritation, and a eye strain, nose and throat irritation, high incidence of prolonged colds. A sick time increase of 266 percent was found among the workers since joining the EOC. In the absence of any chemical hazards, the authors suggest that the major cause of the complaints may be a combination of work related stress and shift work. They recommend that employees not work more than 24 hours at one time; a medical surveillance program be provided for those workers with certain diseases; that humidity concentrations be monitored; and that video display terminal lighting be tested to determine if it causes eye strain, headaches, or fatigue.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-18; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-9; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Lost-work-days; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Vapors; Clinical-symptoms; Shift-work; Tension; Protective-measures;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 13 pages, 8 references