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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-176-1236, U. S. Customs Service, Patrol Division Office, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California.

Authors
Coye MJ; Belanger PL
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 82-176-1236, 1982 Dec; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00127579
Abstract
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000) were investigated on April 21, 1982 at the United States Customs Service Patrol Division Office (SIC-9999) at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. The evaluation was requested by the National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 165, on behalf of eight workers who complained of eye, nose and throat irritation. Area air samples were analyzed, and employees were questioned about medical symptoms. Air samples contained 0.15 to 0.23 parts per million of formaldehyde. NIOSH recommends that formaldehyde exposures be kept to the lowest feasible limit. The workers reported eye and respiratory irritation, cough, chest tightness, headache, nausea, and fatigue. The authors conclude that formaldehyde exposure hazard exists at this work site. They recommend improvement of the ventilation system.
Keywords
Hazards-Confirmed; NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Employee-exposure; Industrial-hygiene; Ventilation; Solvents; Air-sampling; Office-workers; HETA-82-176-1236; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-9; Author Keywords: Office Workers; Formaldehyde; Eye Irritation; Upper Respiratory Irritation; Sensitization
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
19821201
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-172543
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-176-1236
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9999
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; OH
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