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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-100-1349, British Airways, Kennedy Airport, Jamaica, New York.
Fannick-N; Baker-D; Keenlyside-R
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 82-100-1349, 1983 Aug; :1-10
The etiology of itching and dermatitis was investigated at the British Airways terminal (SIC-4583), Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York. Request for the investigation was made by several of the 110 employees in response to cases of itching and dermatitis. Airborne dust samples were collected and particles were identified. Temperature and humidity of the ambient air were measured. Employees were questioned about health symptoms, work history, time spent using video display terminals, and type of clothing worn. Dust samples consisted primarily of aluminum- silicates, iron-silicates, gypsum, plant and paper fragments, and starch grains. Minor components included calcium phosphates, various oxides and carbonates, and crystalline and amorphous silica. All of these are commonly found in soils and wind blown dust. Two samples contained trace amounts of fibrous glass. Some dust samples contained 5 to 15 percent glass pieces. No insects were found. Employees exhibited various skin irritations, but no pattern between symptoms and duties could be found. The authors conclude that there is no substantial exposure to airborne particulates. In dry atmospheres, dust can become electrically charged and cause irritation. It is recommended that video display terminals be vacuumed and the relative humidity be kept above 30 percent.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Employee-exposure; Skin-disorders; Dust-exposure; HETA-82-100-1349; Author Keywords: Airport Terminal Services; dermatitis; video display terminals; low humidity; indoor air pollution
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