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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-057-905, Jefferson County Mental Health Center, Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter BJ
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 81-057-905, 1981 Jun; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00118869
Abstract
Worker exposures to petroleum distillate (8002059), toluene (108883), and xylene (1330207) were surveyed on March 31, 1981, at the Jefferson County Mental Health Center (SIC-2732) in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The evaluation was requested by an employee of the center who worked in the printing room to evaluate hazards related to the use of print chemicals. The worker was interviewed concerning health symptoms, and general and personal air samples were collected. Exposures to petroleum distillate, toluene, and xylene were below OSHA limits of 2,000, 375, and 435 milligrams per cubic meter, respectively. The worker complained of drowsiness, burning and tearing of the eyes, respiratory irritation, and loss of hair. The author concludes that the worker's symptoms were caused by exposures to the test chemicals, even though exposures were within acceptable limits. It is possible that the worker had developed a sensitivity to the chemicals during previous high level exposure. Recommendations include installation of local exhaust ventilation and environmental monitoring.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-057-905; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-8; Workplace-studies; Health-surveys; Clinical-symptoms; Air-sampling; Air-contamination; Control-methods; Air-quality-measurement; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Book Printing; Petroleum Distillate; Xylene; Toluene; Printing Machines
CAS No.
8002-05-9; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-258302
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HETA-81-057-905
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2732
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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