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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-335-1629, Lahey Printing Press And Office Building, Littleton, Colorado.
Gunter BJ; Thoburn TW
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 85-335-1629, 1985 Oct; :1-8
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for toluene (108883), perchloroethylene (127184), chloroform (67663), methylene- chloride (75092) and mineral spirits at the Lahey Printing Press and Office Building (SIC-2751, 6162, 8911), Littleton, Colorado in June, 1985. The evaluation was requested by the County District Health Department to assess solvent exposure in the building, a two story structure that housed the print shop on the first floor. Twelve office workers were interviewed. All individual solvent exposures were below their relevant standards. The ratio of concentration to threshold limit value for mixed solvent exposure ranged from 0.22 to 1.03. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist criterion for mixed solvent exposure is 1.0. Five workers felt that exposures in the building affected their health and reported symptoms of headache, fatigue, drowsiness, or disorientation. These symptoms tended to worsen as the week wore on. All workers reported solvent odors when first entering the building. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard exists from solvent vapors on the top floor. Recommendations include improving the seal on the ventilation duct from the first floor, installing local exhausting ventilation in the print shop, and educating print shop employees on the current handling of solvents.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Printing-industry; Region-8; Breathing-atmospheres; Air-monitoring; Exposure-limits; HETA-85-335-1629; Author Keywords: mineral spirits; toluene; perchloroethylene; chloroform; methylene chloride; indoor air pollution
108-88-3; 127-18-4; 67-66-3; 75-09-2
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
NTIS Accession No.
2751; 6162; 8911
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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