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HHE Report No. TA-80-122-1117, 101 Marietta Tower Building, Atlanta, Georgia.
Salisbury SA; Kelter A; Miller B; Roper P
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 80-122-1117, 1982 May; :1-35
In response to a request from employees of the U.S. Public Health Service, Region-IV, 101 Marietta Tower Building (SIC-9190), Atlanta, Georgia, an evaluation was made of eye irritation, sinus problems, and nasal congestion. Twenty nine floors in the 36 floor office building were leased by the General Services Administration for federal government offices. The only air contaminants found on sampling in the building were trace amounts of hydrocarbon vapors, possibly released from photocopy machines and low levels of carbon- monoxide (630080). Dust concentrations in the building averaged 37.5 micrograms/cubic meter (microg/m3). The authors conclude that no factor or group of causative factors could be identified as responsible for any of the symptoms experienced by the employees in this building. The authors recommend some measures to possibly help prevent these problems. The heating, ventilating and air conditioning system should be balanced so as to evenly distribute the supply of air to each office or work area. The outdoor air supply should be increased to provide at least 20 cubic feet/minute of outdoor air per person. All missing ceiling panels should be replaced to allow proper air return. Employee comfort should be considered as an important issue.
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