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Technical assistance report no. TA-78-8, Perry-Norvell Company, Huntington, 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 78-8, 1978 Jun; :1-14
In response to a request from the area office of NIOSH, an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Perry-Norvell Company, a subsidiary of Kinney Shoe Corporation, Huntington, West Virginia. Over a period of several days many workers had become ill at the facility and production was actually closed down while a plan was devised to determine the cause of this occurrence. Air samples were taken and interviews were held with affected workers. Each of the interviewed employees listed symptoms which were consistent with symptoms of the hyperventilation syndrome including light headedness, transient loss of consciousness, headache, numbness of extremities and/or face, and difficulty in speaking. The psychological study which was conducted indicated that those employees more likely to be affected by the hyperventilation syndrome were those with more job related stress. The rash of illnesses was encouraged through the unseasonal air pollution, a malfunctioning air conditioning system, and the presence of a strong solvent odor in the fitting department. No data was found which suggested that any substance in the work environment exceeded currently recommended standards. The author concludes that the illness is characteristic of the hyperventilation syndrome. The author recommends several measures to help reduce what exposures there are.
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