HHE Report No. HETA-81-135-1205, St. Bernard Fire Department, St. Bernard, Ohio.
NIOSH 1982 Oct:8 pages
Concentrations of carbon-monoxide (630080), nitrogen-oxide (10102439), nitrogen-dioxide (10102440), and organic vapors were sampled at the City of St. Bernard Fire Department (SIC-9224) in St. Bernard, Ohio on March 4 and 5, 1982. The survey was requested by a representative of the City of St. Bernard in response to respiratory complaints among firefighters. Medical questionnaires were administered, the ventilation system was evaluated, and temperature and humidity were measured. Concentrations of carbon- monoxide and oxides of nitrogen during the morning equipment check were 250 to 300 parts per million (ppm) and 8ppm, respectively. OSHA standards for these contaminants are 50ppm and 5ppm, respectively, over an 8 hour time weighted average. Humidity was below recommended comfort zones and there was no fresh air intake duct in living quarters. The author found that significant health hazards exist. He recommends adjustments in relative humidity area proper maintenance and monitoring of the air handling system. Doors should be kept closed, and air should be properly exhausted from the garage area.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Ventilation; Air-quality-measurement; Air-sampling; Exhaust-gases; Firemen; Region-5; HETA-81-135-1205; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
630-08-0; 10102-43-9; 10102-44-0;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 pages, 5 references