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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-003-1539, Hamilton Technology, Incorporated, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Chrostek-WJ; Boxer-P; Boiano-JM
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 83-003-1539, 1984 Dec; :1-23
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for oil mist, paint solvents, and acetic-acid (64197) vapors at Hamilton Technology Incorporated (SIC-3489), Lancaster, Pennsylvania, November/December, 1982. The survey was requested by company management because of employee complaints of respiratory infections, sore throats, and eye irritation. The complaints began shortly after the company relocated to a windowless, energy efficient building. Medical questionnaires were administered to 220 production workers in six departments and to 31 office workers. Psychrometric measurements were made and the ventilation system was inspected. All environmental and breathing zone exposures were below their standards. Symptoms most commonly reported included nose, eye, and throat irritation, headache, drowsiness, and tiredness. Symptom prevalence among production and office workers was similar. Ten cases of dermatitis were reported among workers using cutting oils. Ventilation and psychrometric parameters were within the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers recommendations. The authors note that improvements had been made to the ventilation system prior to the survey. They conclude that inadequate air circulation was the probable cause of the reported symptoms. Recommendations include providing protective clothing to minimize skin contact with cutting oils and prohibiting eating and drinking at work stations.
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