Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-065-1519, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon.
NIOSH 1984 Oct; :1-11
Environmental samples were analyzed for formaldehyde (50000) at the bookstore of Southern Oregon State College (SIC-8221) in April and May, 1984. The evaluation was requested to determine the cause of skin rashes experienced by several bookstore employees. Two of seven employees that had reported dermatitis symptoms were patch tested with a variety of potential allergens. Airborne formaldehyde concentrations ranged from 0.01 to 0.02 part per million (ppm). The OSHA standard for formaldehyde is 3ppm. Eight of 13 no carbon required paper forms used in the bookstore contained 100 to 800ppm latent formaldehyde. Supply air volumes in the ventilation system were adequate, although the system lacked a humidifier. One patch tested employee exhibited a 3 plus reaction to a 2 percent formaldehyde solution. All affected employees had been seen by a dermatologist who diagnosed the rashes as acne roseacea. The authors conclude that it is not possible to conclusively identify the cause of the skin rash. Handling no carbon required paper containing formaldehyde and exposure to low humidity in the winter may have been responsible for the rash. Recommendations include increasing the supply of air in the ventilation system and providing a portable humidifier to maintain the humidity between 45 and 50 percent.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Cold-adaptation; Region-10; Air-sampling; Air-contamination; Air-flow; Air-quality; HETA-84-065-1519
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