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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-319-1649, Pioneer Ministries, Wheaton, Illinois.
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 84-319-1649, 1986 Jan; :1-10
Following a request from the management, a health hazard evaluation of the print room of Pioneer Ministries (SIC-8661), Wheaton, Illinois, was conducted to determine the source of the complaints of a former employee of headaches and numbness in the hands. The former employee and the printroom employee were interviewed. Ventilation measurements were taken. General area and personal air samples were collected in charcoal tubes and analyzed with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Ventilation measurements showed that 0.8 cubic feet of air per minute per square foot of floor space was supplied to the print room. Qualitative analysis of general area air samples revealed isopropanol (67630), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), xylenes, various C8 through C10 aliphatics, and C9H12 aromatics. Personal air samples showed no cellosolves above the detection limit and trace quantities of 1,1,1-trichloroethane, xylene, isopropanol, and total hydrocarbons. No cyclohexanone (108941) above the detection limit was found. The author concludes that no health hazard exists from exposure to chemical substances used in the printing process at this facility. No evidence suggests that the airborne contaminants detected could produce the symptoms complained of by the former employee. Care in solvent use, good personal hygiene, education of print room personnel in potential health hazards, and use of safety glasses are recommended for this print room.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-84-319-1649; Region-5; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Solvents; Printers; Propanols; Chlorinated-ethanes; Aliphatic-compounds; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Religious Organizations; Printing Press; Solvent; Cyclohexanone; Cellosolves; Isopropyl Alcohol
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