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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-306-1548, Scholastic, Inc., New York, New York.
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 83-306-1548, 1985 Jan; :1-19
General air samples were analyzed for organic solvents at Scholastic, Incorporated (SIC-2731), New York, New York in June, 1983 and July and September, 1984. The survey was requested by an employee representative due to concern about air quality in the office and intermittent eye and respiratory infections among the workers. The ventilation system was inspected. Forty employees were interviewed. Trace amounts of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), cyclohexane (110827), hexane (110543), and toluene (108883) were found. The major complaints of the employees concerned stuffiness and lack of air. The ventilation system was found to be unbalanced, with the result that several offices received an insufficient quantity of fresh air. The author concludes that the traces of organic compounds found originated from commercial cleaning products and did not present a hazard to the office employees. The employees' complaints are probably related to an inadequate supply of fresh air in several areas of the office. A ventilation engineer should be employed to return the ventilation system to its design criteria.
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