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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-305-961, Aurora Schools, Aurora, Colorado.

Authors
Pryor-P
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-81-305-961, 1981 Oct; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00119691
Abstract
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for methyl- alcohol (67561) at the East Middle School (SIC-8211) in Aurora, Colorado, on June 19, 1981. A representative of the Aurora Schools requested the evaluation for an unspecified number of workers. Medical questionnaires were also administered to an unspecified number of affected workers. Time weighted average concentrations of methyl-alcohol ranged from 396.0 to 640.0 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum) compared with the OSHA standard of 260mg/cum. Methyl- alcohol concentrations ranging from 968.0 to 1400.0mg/cum were collected during 15 minute sampling periods. All medical questionnaire respondents reported some adverse health symptoms including blurred vision, headaches, nose burning, sluggishness, dizziness, sore throat, dermatitis, chest tightness, and depression. The author concludes that a health hazard from exposure to methyl- alcohol existed at this facility. He recommends provisions of local exhaust ventilation, aeration of newly duplicated paper, use of rubber gloves, good personal hygiene, and other ventilation modifications to reduce methyl-alcohol exposure from the duplicating fluids.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-305-961; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Alcohols; Air-sampling; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Elementary and Secondary Schools; Teacher Aides; Methyl Alcohol; Methanol; Spirit Duplicators
CAS No.
67-56-1
Publication Date
19811001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-161174
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HETA-81-305-961
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8211
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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