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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-118-928, Department of Transportation, Augusta, Maine.
McManus KP; Wegman D
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 80-118-928, 1981 Jul; :1-17
Worker exposures to fibrous glass, formaldehyde (50000), and a wide range of amines and other compounds were surveyed on June 11, September 5, and October 20 and 21, 1980 at the Department of Transportation (SIC-9621) in Augusta, Maine. The evaluation was requested by the State Epidemiologist to investigate the cause of worker reports of headache, nose and throat irritation, and fatigue. Air and bulk samples were collected for analysis. The health records of five employees were reviewed. No fibrous glass was detected. Formaldehyde concentrations ranged up to 0.125 part per million, compared with the OSHA 8 hour time weighted average standard of 3 parts per million. Also detected were acetic-acid (64197), formic-acid (64186), and dimethyl-acetamide (127195). Review of the medical records suggested that the workers' health complaints were occupationally related but were not due to fibrous glass exposure. The authors conclude that the reported symptoms are due to formaldehyde exposure. Recommendations include the removal of urea formaldehyde insulation and improvements in the fresh air volume of the building.
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