HHE Report, No. HETA-82-196-1187, U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Government Financial Operations, Washington, D.C.
NIOSH 1982 Sep:2 pages
Adverse health effects associated with inadequate ventilation at Treasury Annex Building (SIC-9199) were investigated. The study was requested by the Safety Division of the United States Department of the Treasury and was performed on May 6, 1982. A total of 24 workers were employed at the site. Workers had complained of heat and stuffiness as well as various sinus problems. Carbon-monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, carbon-dioxide, ozone, and formaldehyde were below the limits of detection. Only small amounts of 1,1,1- trichloroethane, toluene, xylene, and various aliphatic hydrocarbons were detected. During the summer, 33 percent of the air was recirculated; however, no outside air was supplied and circulated during winter to conserve energy. The author concludes that no health hazards existed due to the presence of hazardous substances. The author suggests that deficiencies in building ventilation probably account for much of the discomfort reported by workers. Redesign of the ventilation system is recommended.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Employee-exposure; Ventilation; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; HETA-82-196-1187; Region-3; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2 pages, 1 reference