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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-373-1509, The Interchurch Center, New York, New York.

Authors
Fannick-N
Source
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 84-373-1509, 1984 Sep; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
00146652
Abstract
Area samples were analyzed for carbon-monoxide (630080) at the Interchurch Center (SIC-8661), New York, New York in June, 1984. The survey was requested by the Administration of the center and the staff association of the National Council of Churches due to complaints of headache and dizziness occurring among employees. The ventilation system was evaluated. Carbon-monoxide concentrations were well below the OSHA standard of 50 parts per million. The ventilation survey showed that the supply of air to the floors was not balanced. During the ventilation survey, a black, viscous substance was found on the frosted glass coverings of the fluorescent light fixtures, leaking from the light ballasts. Samples of the substance were analyzed and found to contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The author concludes that the PCBs in the light fixtures do not constitute a health hazard due to the inaccessibility of the fixtures. He recommends that the ballasts in the fixtures be replaced with ballasts that do not contain PCBs. The ventilation system should be balanced, and truck drivers should be prohibited from idling their engines while parked in the loading area near the air intakes on the south side of the building.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Region-2; Toxic-gases; Electrical-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Halogenated-hydrocarbons; HETA-84-373-1509; Author Keywords: Religious Organizations; PCBs; Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Carbon Monoxide; Ventilation; Closed Building Syndrome
CAS No.
630-08-0
Publication Date
19840901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-221539
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-373-1509
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8661
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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