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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-060-1670, City of Norwood, Norwood, Ohio.
Ruhe RL; Bennett D
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 85-060-1670, 1986 Feb; :1-10
Following a request from the Health Commissioner of Norwood, Ohio, employee exposure to toner powder used in Norwood Senior High (SIC- 8211) Media Center photocopying machine was investigated. Personal and area air samples for total particulate were collected on preweighed filters and total sample weights determined. Indicator tube sampling was done for carbon-monoxide (630080) and ozone (10028156). Medical interviews were conducted with three media center workers to elicit work related symptomatology. Exposure to total particulate ranged from less than the detection limit to 0.02 milligrams per cubic meter. Carbon-monoxide and ozone were nondetectable. Two employees reported no symptoms associated with work. Since operating the copy machine for 3 weeks, the third employee developed hives on both hands progressing to the earlobes and right cheek. Her condition improved on weekends. She also had a cough and shortness of breath when working with the duplicator. No positive response to patch testing was seen, but the employee developed cough, tearing eyes, and itching 2 hours after patch application. The authors conclude that one employee suffers an allergic reaction precipitated by materials inhaled in the duplicator area. It is recommended that this employee not use this machine, and improved ventilation be provided for the entire media center.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-85-060-1670; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Allergic-reactions; Skin-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Particulates; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Elementary and Secondary Schools; Xerox Copier; Indoor Air; Styrene Acrylic; Cordage; Polyvinyl Acetate; Polyvinyl Alcohol; Dibutyl Phthalate; Hives
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