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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-012-805, The Business Phone Company, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-012-805, 1981 Jan; :1-8
Air samples were analyzed and medical evaluations of employees were conducted at The Business Phone Company (SIC-3660) in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 30, 1980. The evaluation was requested by three employees of the phone company to determine the cause of employee eye irritation and headache complaints. Direct reading detector tubes were used to evaluate air quality in the office. Measurable quantities of formaldehyde (50000), ozone (10028156), nitrogen- dioxide (10102440), or toluene (108883) were not found. Carbon- monoxide (630080) was detected at concentrations of 4 parts per million (ppm); the OSHA standard for carbon monoxide is 50ppm. Symptoms of eye irritation and headache were reported by 10 of 14 employees interviewed. No chemical odors were detectable from neighboring ink or shoe factories. The authors conclude that no hazard exists at the phone company from overexposure to carbon- monoxide. Since symptoms appeared to be related to time spent at the office, factors such as temperature control, humidity and cigarette smoke may be involved. Recommendations include determination of the adequacy of the ventilation, humidification and air conditioning systems, reorganization of the office into smoking and nonsmoking areas, workbreaks outside the office in open air, and medical consultation with private physicians for severe cases.
NIOSH-Author; HETA--81-012-805; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Air-sampling; Organic-solvents; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-hygiene; Health-surveys; Author Keywords: Comnunications Equipment; sales office; irritation; lethargy; carbon monoxide; formaldehyde; ozone; nitrogen dioxide
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