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Technical assistance report: TA-80-092-769, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.
Costello R; Lucas A; Melius J
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 80-092-769, 1980 Nov; :1-9
Bulk samples of ceiling tiles were collected on July 3, 1980, to determine the presence of asbestos (1332214), and industrial hygiene and engineering data was evaluated at Smith Hall, Rutgers University (SIC-8221), Newark, New Jersey. The evaluation was requested by the State of New Jersey, Department of Health to determine whether diseases reported among faculty and staff at Smith Hall could be traced to environmental factors within the building. Potential exposures caused by leakages, containing animal urine and excrement contaminated with estrogens, enzymes and radioisotopes, were suspected of causing cancer and breast and ovarian cysts among the faculty and staff. Samples of ceiling tiles contained no asbestos. Data provided by the university indicated that samples of Rozol and air samples of asbestos, toluene (108883), benzene (71432), xylene (1330207), trichloroethylene (79016), methylene-chloride (75092), pentane (109660) and hexane (110543) were within OSHA standards. Concentrations of chloroform (67663) ranged from below detection limits to 80 parts per million (ppm) and exceeded the OSHA standard of 50ppm. Samples taken from the third and fourth floors indicated the presence of bacteria. Strong animal odor was noted from the animal area exhaust vents. Faculty and staff complained about ventilation. Plumbing problems resulted in the soiling of ceilings with water possibly containing monkey excrement. Evidence of water damage and flooding was observed. The authors conclude that there is no evidence of environmental overexposure. However, there are deficiencies in the plumbing, mechanical ventilation systems, work practices and animal handling procedures. The authors recommend that water leakage be prevented, the ventilation system be tested and modified to suit the needs, and animal care practices be modified to meet hygienic standards.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-092-769; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Asbestos-dusts; Air-sampling; Organic-solvents; Zoonoses; Microorganisms; Laboratory-workers; Health-surveys
1332-21-4; 108-88-3; 71-43-2; 1330-20-7; 79-01-6; 75-09-2; 109-66-0; 110-54-3; 67-66-3
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