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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-80, Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 80-80, 1980 Aug; :1-6
Environmental samples were collected for fibrous glass at Ellis Hospital (SIC-8062) in Schenectady, New York, on June 6, 1980, at the request of the Hospital Administration. The request was prompted by employee complaints of itching and rash. High volume, settled dust, and workroom air samples were taken. The presence of fibrous glass in the air was confirmed by polarized light microscopy on the high volume samples. Trace amounts of fibrous glass were also observed in the four settled dust samples. Eight workroom samples contained fibrous concentrations ranging from 2,900 to 18,680 fibers per cubic meter (fibers/m3), will within the NIOSH recommended limit of 3,000,000 fiber/m3. The author concludes that although fibrous glass concentrations are below NIOSH limits, steps should be taken to reduce fibrous glass exposures, and a thorough cleaning of the work environment should be done to remove the fibrous glass residues.
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