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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-214-1424, West Virginia Air National Guard, 167th Tactical Airlift Group, Martinsburg, West Virginia.
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 83-214-1424, 1984 Feb; :1-8
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for respirable and nuisance dust in the offices of the Finance Section of the Tactical Airlift Group of the West Virginia National Guard (SIC-9190), Martinsburg, West Virginia, in April, 1983. The dust found throughout the offices constituted a potential health hazard. The mean concentrations of respirable and nuisance dust were 0.26 and 0.30 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), respectively. The OSHA standards for respirable and nuisance dust are 5 and 15mg/m3, respectively. Environmental dust samples contained fiberglass, cellulose fibers, and woody cells. The fiberglass originated from the thermal insulation in the ventilation ducts of the air conditioning system. The woody cells and cellulose fibers came from a card punch machine in the finance office. The author concludes that there are no health hazards in the offices of the finance section. Recommendations include removing the fiberglass lining in the ducts, providing an efficient air filter for the nuisance particulates, and supplying outdoor air to the existing system to improve indoor air quality.
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