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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-444-1481, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
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 83-444-1481, 1984 Jul; :1-24
Environmental and area air samples were analyzed for chlordane (12789036) at Lauinger Library, Georgetown University (SIC-8231), Washington, DC, in October, 1983. NIOSH was requested to evaluate residual chlordane concentrations following cleanup of an accidental spill that occurred 6 months earlier. Several employees had experienced headaches, nausea, and irritability following the incident. Twelve current and one former employee were interviewed. Blood samples were collected and analyzed for chlordane and the chlordane metabolites heptachlor-epoxide (1024573) and oxychlordane (27304138). Air samples contained 0.1 to 0.3 microgram per cubic meter (microg/m3) chlordane and wipe samples contained 0.1 to 500microg/m3. Ten employees reported having dermal or inhalation exposure to the spill. Three reported having gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms, while six others had gastrointestinal symptoms alone or isolated neurological symptoms after the incident. No chlordane was found in any of the blood samples. Only one sample had a detectable amount, 2 parts per billion, of heptachlor- epoxide plus oxychlordane. The authors conclude that cleanup of the spill has effectively removed all but trace amounts of chlordane. The authors recommend monitoring quarterly for 1 year to insure that chlordane concentrations do not increase.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Region-3; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Neurophysiological-effects; Blood-analysis; Biological-effects; HETA-83-444-1481; Author Keywords: Libraries; Chlordane; Heptachlor Epoxide; Oxychlordane
12789-03-6; 1024-57-3; 27304-13-8
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