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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-248-791, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Dept of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
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 80-248-791, 1981 Jan; :1-8
Worker exposures to anhydrous-ammonia (7664417) were surveyed at the Department of Commerce (SIC-2752) in Washington, D.C. on November 3, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the Chief of the Photomechanical Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on behalf of Ozalid operators, photographers, and platemakers. Three breathing zone samples were collected for the Diazo Printer operator, and 13 general area air samples were collected. Concentrations of anhydrous-ammonia were below the OSHA standard of 50 parts per million. Some ventilation inadequacies were noted. The Diazo Printer operator reported occasional respiratory, eye and sinus irritation, and headaches when the workload was heavy and the main ventilation system was shut down. The author concludes that a potential hazard due to anhydrous- ammonia exposure exists for the Diazo Printer operator under certain working conditions. Recommendations are included for improvements to the ventilation systems.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-248-791; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Occupational-health; Printing-industry; Author Keywords: Oiazo Printer; anhydrous arrrnonia; eye irritation; breathing difficulty; sinus irritation
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