Technical assistance report, No. TA-80-39, Brookhaven IRS Service Center, Holtzville, New York.
Worker exposures to various chemicals were surveyed on February 27 and June 18 to 20, 1980 at the Brookhaven Internal Revenue Service Center (SIC-9311) in Holtzville, New York. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the General Services Administration to determine the cause of worker health complaints. Workers were interviewed and air samples were collected and analyzed for nitrous- oxides, sulfur-dioxide (7446095), formaldehyde (50000), carbon- monoxide (630080), dust, and total organics. Workers reported symptoms of burning eyes, sore throat, sinus irritation, nausea, dizziness, metallic taste, and headaches, and complained of uncomfortable workroom temperatures, poor ventilation, and lack of fresh air. Exposures to nitrous-oxide (10024972), nitrogen-dioxide (10102440), sulfur-dioxide, carbon-monoxide, formaldehyde, mineral spirits total nuisance dust, and respirable nuisance dust were below respective OSHA standards of 25 parts per million (ppm), 5ppm, 50ppm, 50ppm, 3ppm, 500ppm, 15 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), and 5mg/m3. Stack emissions were suggested as the source of the workers' complaints. The authors recommend increasing the stack height and installing gas trapping devices in roof drains to prevent vapor backflow.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages, 1 reference