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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-002-1312, Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory (MRRL), Fargo, North Dakota.
Bauer-M; Patnode-R; Morring-K
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 82-002-1312, 1983 May; :1-32
An environmental and medical survey was conducted at the Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory (SIC-8922), Fargo, North Dakota in September 1981. The request for the evaluation was made by the laboratory employees to assess the cause and incidence of work related allergies at the laboratory where insects were raised for entomological research. Questionnaires were mailed to 95 employees in September 1981. Follow-up medical interviews and an industrial hygiene survey were conducted. Fifteen of the 80 employees responding to the questionnaire reported allergic reactions to insect exposure at work. Thirteen employees reported eye irritation, seven reported sneezing or running noses, seven reported chest tightness, and seven reported skin irritation or rash. There is no current federal standard for exposure to insect particulates. Medical records were reviewed for nine employees who had seen physicians. The authors conclude that the allergy symptoms could be caused by exposure to airborne insect materials. They recommend that the ventilation system be improved, that drapes and other dust collecting materials be removed, and good cleanliness be observed.
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