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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-312-1400, Champion Technology Center, Hamilton, Ohio.

Authors
Boiano-JM
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 83-312-1400, 1984 Jan; :1-16
NIOSHTIC No.
00149694
Abstract
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000) were investigated on June 14 to 16, 1983 at Champion Paper Technology Center (SIC-0262) in Hamilton, Ohio. The evaluation was requested by the employees after the building had been fumigated with formaldehyde gas to eradicate histoplasmin from the ventilation system. Air samples were analyzed for formaldehyde and wipe samples were analyzed for paraformaldehyde (30525894). The air samples contained up to 3.9 parts per million (ppm) formaldehyde, compared to the OSHA 8 hour time weighted average limit of 3ppm, and a 30 minute ceiling limit of 30ppm. Paraformaldehyde concentrations in the wipe samples ranged from about 50 to 5600 micrograms per 100 square centimeters. The main contamination sites appeared to be associated with spillage of paraformaldehyde when the fumigation equipment had been set up. The author concludes that the workers had a short term exposure to formaldehyde that could cause irritative symptoms, but no persistent health hazard from formaldehyde exists.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Paper-industry; Region-5; Laboratory-workers; Air-contamination; Aldehydes; Fumigants; HETA-83-312-1400; Author Keywords: Paper Mill Auxillary; Research and Development Laboratory; Formaldehyde; Paraformaldehyde; Decontamination; Fumigation; Histoplasma Capsulatum Fungus
CAS No.
50-00-0; 30525-89-4
Publication Date
19840101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-179208
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-312-1400
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
262
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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