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HHE determination report no. HHE-80-7-661, Jan Clopton Composition, Atlanta, Georgia.
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 80-7-661, 1980 Feb; :1-6
In response to a request from the owner/manager of Jan Clopton Composition, located in Atlanta, Georgia, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions as a source of employees' symptoms of headache, nausea, and dizziness. This firm provided camera ready art for advertising displays. Video display terminals were used for typesetting and the text was then transferred from the screen to photographic film by an optical/electronic system in the typesetting equipment. Exposed film fed through a developing machine with developer, fixer, and rinsing solutions. The film was then cut and pasted to a mat using spray adhesives. Fifteen workers were employed, six of whom were given confidential interviews covering health status, smoking history, and work history. Air analyses were performed for carbon-monoxide (630080), ozone (10028156), sulfur-dioxide (7446095), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), and low molecular weight alkanes. The analyses revealed no overexposures occurring at this facility based on NIOSH or OSHA criteria. The author concludes that the low levels of airborne contaminants detected do not pose a health hazard for exposed workers. Recommendations for further improvements in air quality include the following: close off supply and return air ducts leading to an unused storeroom, open the air intake damper in the duct from the roof to provide additional fresh air, and set the blower fan to run continuously when the building is occupied.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-4; HHE-80-7-661; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Vapors; Photographic-equipment; Organic-solvents; Air-quality-monitoring; Ventilation; Author Keywords: nausea; headache; dizziness; carbon monoxide; CO; 1,1,1-trichloroethane; methyl chloroform
630-08-0; 10028-15-6; 7446-09-5; 71-55-6
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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