HHE Report No. HHE-80-240-855, New York, University, New York, New York.
NIOSH 1981 Apr:16 pages
Environmental air samples were analyzed for formaldehyde (50000), ethyl-acrylate (140885), and organic solvents to investigate complaints of headache, eye irritation, fatigue and nausea among employees at New York University (SIC-8221) in New York, New York. The evaluation was requested by the management on behalf of approximately 40 employees. Concentrations ethyl-acrylate, toluene (108883), formaldehyde, hexane (110543), and methylchloroform (71556) were below respective OSHA standards of 100, 750, 4.5, 1800, and 1900 milligrams per cubic meter. The responses to medical questionnaires administered to 53 employees revealed a high prevalence of mucosal membrane irritation and headache, with fatigue or nausea occuring concurrently during construction and varnishing of office interiors. The authors conclude that while no definite toxic exposures could be ascertained because sampling took place 2 months after the symptoms were initially reported, the symptoms were consistent with exposures to formaldehyde or volatile organics. They recommend increasing the ventilation rate, installing of a separate exhaust system, and raising the height of the exhaust stack.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-240-855; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Aldehydes; Organic-compounds; Industrial-hygiene;
50-00-0; 140-88-5; 108-88-3; 110-54-3; 71-55-6;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 16 pages, 7 references