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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-142-892, McKeesport Hospital, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Chrostek WJ
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 81-142-892, 1981 Jun; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00119093
Abstract
Environmental air samples were analyzed for xylene (1330207), isopropanol (67630), ethanol (64175), and formaldehyde (50000), at the McKeesport Hospital (SIC-8062) in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on February 24, 1981. The evaluation was requested by management for an unspecified number of workers. Ethanol concentrations ranged from 2.5 to 14.4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m), compared with the OSHA standard of 1900mg/cu m. Isopropanol concentrations were in the 0.3 to 4.5mg/cu m range, compared with the OSHA standard of 980mg/cu m. Samples for xylene ranged from 2.3 to 52.8mg/cu m, below the OSHA standard of 435mg/cu m. Formaldehyde concentrations ranged from 2.3 to 2.8mg/cu m compared with the OSHA standard of 3.6mg/cu m. The author recommends maintenance of ventilation systems, proper waste disposal of contaminated materials, improved exhaust ventilation, medical surveillance of all workers exposed to formaldehye, and other measures to reduce employee exposures to formaldehyde.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-142-892; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Air-sampling; Health-care-facilities; Health-surveys; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: General and Medical Hospital; Formaldehyde; Ethanol; Isopropanol; Xylene; Skin and Eye Irritation; Fatigue; Burning Sensation in Throat; Gastric Upsets; Headaches; Dizziness; Nasal Congestion
CAS No.
1330-20-7; 67-63-0; 64-17-5; 50-00-0
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-258450
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-142-892
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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