HETA Report TA-79-45, Internal Revenue Service, Erlanger, Kentucky.
NIOSH 1980 Feb:6 pages
In response to a request from the Internal Revenue Service, Erlanger, Kentucky, a study was made of possible health hazards, based on worker complaints of headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue. Particular attention was directed to possible exposure to carbon-monoxide (630080) fumes arising from a parking garage located beneath the facility. At the time of the study the time weighted average for carbon-monoxide ranged from 4 to 10 parts per million (ppm), which was below the NIOSH recommended criteria. Tests were also made for fibrous glass and asbestos exposures, but no concentrations of these substances were detected. Results of breath analyses for carboxyhemoglobin indicated that workers who also smoked did exceed the criteria due to the effects of smoking alone. Nonsmokers did not exceed criteria, but levels did increase during the work shift, indicating that ambient carbon-monoxide from cigarette smoke in the office may have contributed to their symptoms. The authors conclude that workers were not exposed to hazardous levels of carbon-monoxide, asbestos, or fibrous glass at the time of the survey.
NIOSH-Author; TA-79-45; Hazards-Unconfirmed; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-4; Office-workers; Air-quality-measurement; Cigarette-smoking; Breathing-atmospheres; Workplace-studies; Toxic-gases;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. TA-79-45, 6 pages, 4 references