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Health hazard evlauation report: HETA-81-290-906, Social Security Office, Newburgh, New York.

Authors
Fannick-N
Source
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 81-290-906, 1981 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00118867
Abstract
Worker exposures to carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO), hydrogen-sulfide (7783064), and sulfur-dioxide (7446095) (SO2) were surveyed on April 29, 1981 at the Social Security Administration Office (SIC-9441) in Newburgh, New York. The evaluation was requested by the Regional Engineer of the Regional Office of Facilities, Engineering and Construction on behalf of approximately 50 employees who complained of objectionable odors. General air samples were collected, and air temperature, humidity, and ventilation were measured. No hydrogen- sulfide or SO2 was detected. Co concentrations varied from 2 to 6 parts per million during the day, compared with the NIOSH recommended limit of 35 parts per million. Temperatures ranged from 78 to 80 degrees F, but occasionally reached 85 degrees F in the data access room. Humidity ranged from 50 to 55 percent. The ventilation system did not provide adequate air movement. The author concluded that no hazardous chemical exposures exist at this agency, but the ventilation system is not adequate. Recommendations include modifications and improvements to the ventilation system.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-290-906; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Toxic-gases; Air-contamination; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Temperature-measurement; Workplace-studies; Control-methods; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Administration of Social Programs; Carbon Monoxide; Sulfur Dioxide; Hydrogen Sulfide; Ventilation; Office Problems
CAS No.
630-08-0; 7783-06-4; 7446-09-5
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-258104
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-290-906
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9441
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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