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HHE determination report no. HHE-80-6-667, Seiser and Wilpon, New York, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-6-667, 1980 Feb; :1-3
In response to a request from the law firm of Seiser and Wilpon, New York City, New York, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions in the office. Employees at the firm had complained of eye, nose and throat irritation occurring on days when a Savin duplicating machine was operating. Measurements were taken of the levels of ozone (10028156) and toluene (108883) in the office air. The levels of these contaminants were below the acceptable standards, but even so, it was noted that improvements in the ventilation system could be made at this firm. Natural window ventilation was not usually used due to the high traffic volume outside. Since the physiological complaints were consistent with the timing of the use of this duplicating machine, the symptoms were consistent with those expected to follow exposure to toluene and ozone, and both these chemicals were generated by the duplicating machine even under conditions of limited use, the author recommends the following. The office air conditioner should be moved to a window adjacent to the exit end of the duplicator where the duplicates emerge and to be operated in the exhaust mode whenever the duplicator is working. The duplicator should be kept in good working order and only those solvents recommended by the duplicating company are to be used in this machine. Duplicating should be done as much as possible at the end of the office day.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-80-6-667; Region-2; Office-workers; Ventilation-systems; Eye-irritants; Respiratory-irritants; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Office-equipment; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: eye irritation; nose irritation; throat irritation; ozone; toluene
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