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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-157-888, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, New York.

Authors
McLouth-L; Watanabe-A; Moshell-A
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, HHE 80-157-888, 1981 Jun; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00119096
Abstract
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for organic vapors at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (SIC-8062), in Bronx, New York, on August 6 to 8, 1980, and on February 12, 1981. Medical interviews were also conducted with several employees. A representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 37, requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 48 workers. Personal breathing zone air samples revealed trace quantities of toluene (108883), styrene (100425), and limonene (138863). The OSHA standards for toluene and styrene are 200 and 100 parts per million, respectively. No standards exist for limonene. Twenty eight of the 33 workers interviewed reported skin and eye irritation, dizziness, and difficulty in holding items. Five workers had dermatitis, and five others had histories suggestive of irritant dermatitis. Six workers suffered from malaria caused by working in a hot, humid environment. The authors conclude that no specific cause can be determined for the reported adverse health effects, although the observed high temperature and humidity of the work area may be a factor. They recommend reducing the temperature and humidity, use of microwave ovens that exhaust from the rear, relocation of the microwave ovens from the existing eye level position, and the periodic testing of the microwave ovens for radiation leakage.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-157-888; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Skin-disorders; Health-care-facilities; Author Keywords: Hospitals; Organics; Heat; Dermatitis
CAS No.
108-88-3; 100-42-5; 138-86-3
Publication Date
19810601
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-257759
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-80-157-888
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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