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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-326-1247, Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri.
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 81-326-1247, 1983 Jan; :1-9
Exposures to photographic and sculpturing chemicals were investigated on May 11 and 12, 1982 at classrooms of the Art Department of Columbia College (SIC-8221) in Columbia, Missouri. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the department on behalf of the students and faculty. Area and personal breathing zone air samples from the photography classroom were analyzed for 2- ethoxyethanol (110805) (2-EE) and p-toluene-sulfonic-acid (104154) (pTSA). The sculpturing classroom was sampled for styrene (100425) and methyl-ethyl-ketone-peroxide (1338234) (MEKP). 2-EE and pTSA were not detected in photography room samples. In sculpturing room samples, MEKP was not detected. Styrene concentrations ranged from is 200ppm; no NIOSH standard is given. The author concludes that no hazardous exposures exist. He suggests that previously reported respiratory symptoms among the students were due to a mixture of substances used for film developing. He recommends use of protective clothing, improved ventilation, and improved personal and workplace hygiene.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Air-quality-measurement; Photography; Solvents; Work-practices; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-8; Author Keywords: Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools; 2-Ethoxyethanol; P-Toluene Sulfonic Acid; Styrene; Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide; Art
110-80-5; 104-15-4; 100-42-5; 1338-23-4
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