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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-132-1406, Huntington Alloys, Inc., Huntington, West Virginia.

Authors
Donohue-MT; Reed-LD
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 82-132-1406, 1984 Jan; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00149680
Abstract
Worker health complaints at Huntington Alloys Incorporated (SIC- 8321), Huntington, West Virginia were investigated in April 1982 and January 1983. The evaluation was requested by three workers on behalf of office employees who complained of headache, nausea, dizziness, glandular swelling, fever, facial lesions, and numbness of the hands. In April, environmental air and wipe samples were collected, and radiation levels were measured. In January, the ventilation system was evaluated, and workers completed medical questionnaires. Cadmium (7440439), magnesium (7439954), sodium (7440235), zinc (7440666), xylene (1330207), limonene (138863), toluene (108883), terpinene (8013001), dimethyloctane (63335886), and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol (104767) were detected; however, concentrations were all less than 1 percent of the respective environmental standards. Several metals, including nickel (7440020) and lead (7439921), were found in wipe samples; concentrations were greatest in samples taken from the basement heating and air conditioning room. Radiation levels were not significant. Only 5 of 75 employees reported any work related health symptoms, but an earlier company survey reported symptoms in 25 workers. The authors conclude that no health hazard presently exists; however, it is possible that a hazard existed in the past. Maintenance and improvements to the ventilation system are recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Metal-industry; Region-3; Office-workers; Ventilation-systems; Occupational-health; HETA-82-132-1406; Author Keywords: office buildings; ventilation; indoor air pollution
CAS No.
7440-43-9; 7439-95-4; 7440-23-5; 7440-66-6; 1330-20-7; 138-86-3; 108-88-3; 8013-00-1; 63335-88-6; 104-76-7; 7440-02-0; 7439-92-1
Publication Date
19840101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-179349
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-132-1406
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8321
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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