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Technical assistance report no. TA-77-45, Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 77-45, 1977 Dec; :1-30
As required by Executive Order 11807, an Industrial Hygiene Survey was carried out at the Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia. This facility was engaged in the testing and certification of personal protection equipment and environmental monitoring equipment, and research involving occupational respiratory diseases. All laboratory, maintenance and chemical storage areas were surveyed. Fume hood performance and general ventilation were evaluated with smoke tubes and visually inspected. Air sampling was conducted for potentially hazardous substances. A potential problem was located involving biological agents in a room originally designed as office space and therefore equipped with only a recirculating ventilation system. The room was being used to culture various species of nonpathogenic fungi for subsequent extraction of their mycotoxins. The controls were not adequate and recommendations were made for handling this hazard. A second potential hazard was noted in the lung slicing operation and appropriate recommendations were made to alleviate the situation. The third problem area arose in 17 deficient laboratory hoods, each of which did not achieve the recommended face velocity as required for the tasks being conducted. No overexposure to noise was found at this facility. Concentrations of the substances evaluated were below the evaluation criteria.
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