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Technical assistance report no.TA-80-51-803, United States International Communication Agency, 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, TA 80-51-803, 1981 Jan; :1-2
Area samples were analyzed and work practices were observed at the United States International Communication Agency (SIC-9199) in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1980. An unidentified individual made the request to determine if the 40 employees of the agency were exposed to off gases from recording tapes. Thirteen charcoal tube samples from areas of tape salvage, high speed duplication, the recording studio and from the radio broadcast engineering area were analyzed by gas chromatography, and five filter samples were analyzed for hydroquinone (123319) by high performance liquid chromatography. Some area samples contained trace amounts of methyl- isobutyl-ketone (108101), xylene (1330207) 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) and styrene (100425). All five samples for hydroquinone were below the detectable limit of 0.02 milligrams per cubic meter of air. Symptoms reported by workers included dizziness, headaches, sneezing and dry eyes. The author concludes that no hazard exists for workers at the company. The cause of the reported symptoms could not be determined.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-51-803; Region-3; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Toxic-gases; Occupational-health
123-31-9; 108-10-1; 1330-20-7; 71-55-6; 100-42-5
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