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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-083-779, at Video Merchandisers, Incorporated, New York, 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, HHE 80-083-779, 1980 Dec; :1-9
Environmental air samples were analyzed for the presence of hexane (110543), acetone (67641), toluene (108883), methylene-chloride (75092) and cellosolve-acetate (111159) at Video Merchandisers, Incorporated (SIC-7310) in New York, New York, on April 3 and 4, 1980. The evaluation was requested by an employee based on potential employee exposure to organic vapors and irritation from tobacco smoke. Symptoms of coughing, eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and hypersensitivity were reported. Concentrations of hexane, and methylene-chloride ranged from 0.9 to 2.9 and 0.8 to 0.9 parts per million (ppm), respectively. Toluene concentration was sample concentrations were three percent or less of the most stringent standard or exposure limit. The Threshold Limit Index (TLI) for the mixture of organic vapors was 0.03 or less which is well below a TLI of 1 which, if exceeded, is an overexposure condition. The authors conclude that no occupational health hazard exists. They recommend the installation of a fan to aid in circulation and that smoking be kept to a minimum.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-083-779; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Organic-solvents; Worker-health; Author Keywords: advertising; commercial art; hexane; methylene chloride; toluene; acetone; cellosolve acetate; ventilation; coughing; eye irritation; headaches; nausea
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