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Health hazard evaluation determination report no. HHE-79-154-735, Supermarkets General, Inc. Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Authors
Fannick-N
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-154-735, 1980 Aug; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00103566
Abstract
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on September 28, 1979, and April 17, 1980, to investigate a case of irritation and disorientation associated with use of a company automobile owned by Supermarkets General, Incorporated (SIC-5411) in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The investigation was requested by the affected employee. The employee complained of headache, nausea, disorientation, and difficult breathing which began upon entering the automobile, even before the ignition had been started. The employee had no history of allergies and did not exhibit similar symptoms in other automobiles. The symptoms were relieved after leaving the automobile. All the compounds detected were found in amounts less than those that would produce such severe symptoms. The author suggests that the employee's symptoms were due to chemicals which out gassed from the plastics in the passenger compartment. The vehicle should be parked in a shady cool place, windows should be left open when parking in direct sunlight, the passenger compartment should be ventilated before driving, and adequate ventilation should be used when driving on hot days.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-154-735; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Health-surveys; Psychological-effects; Polymers; Sampling; Safety-measures; Author Keywords: Headache; Nausea; Disorientation; Difficult Breathing; Automobile; Organic Contaminants
Publication Date
19800801
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-167827
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
HHE-79-154-735
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
5411
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; OH
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