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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-210-1418, Legal Services Plan - DC 37, New York, New York.

Authors
Fannick-N; Baker-D; Chavkin-W
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 82-210-1418, 1984 Feb; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
00150035
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for formaldehyde (50000) and other organic solvents at the District Council Offices (SIC-8111), New York, New York in 1982. Evaluation was requested by management and employees because of concern about eye irritation, fatigue, dermatitis, and menstrual disorders experienced by workers on one floor of the building which had undergone renovation. A health questionnaire was administered to 104 workers on that floor and 117 unexposed employees on other floors. No formaldehyde or excessive exposure to organic solvents were found. Small concentrations of perchloroethylene (127184), trichloroethylene (79016), and methyl-chloroform (71556) were found. More than half of all workers reported uncomfortable environmental conditions, cold, stuffy air, and too little air movement. A significantly higher number of workers on the affected floor reported poorer health in the past year and menstrual problems. The authors conclude that no overexposure to hazardous chemicals has occurred. Possible outgassing of organic solvents from new furnishings on the affected floor is responsible for the symptoms and increased employee discomfort. They recommend that when renovations are planned, the employees should be relocated and not return until sufficient time has elapsed for complete ventilation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Office-workers; Air-contamination; Eye-irritants; Environmental-pollution; Ventilation; HETA-82-210-1418
CAS No.
50-00-0; 127-18-4; 79-01-6; 71-55-6
Publication Date
19840201
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-179406
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-210-1418
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8111
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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