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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-154-0000, Centre County State Health Center, State College, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Roper P
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 88-154-0000, 1988 Jun; :1-19
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00181817
Abstract
In response to a request from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, an evaluation was made of worker health complaints including burning of the eyes, throat, and nose, among the staff at the Centre County State Health Center, State College, Pennsylvania. The building was 1 year old, and had only three or four windows (none of which opened). A survey indicated elevated levels of carbon-dioxide (124389) were present, there were deficiencies in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, humidity was low and the humidifier was inoperative, and the outside air intake valve was downwind of service station air pollutant emission sources. No carbon-monoxide, nitrogen-dioxide, formaldehyde, or gasoline was detected in the air. Toluene and hydrocarbons were detected, but not at unusual levels. Siloxane compounds were detected in the building air. Volatile organic compounds ranged from 101 to 231 micrograms/cubic meter. A questionnaire concerning indoor air quality was administered to workers. Case histories of three workers previously diagnosed with pneumonia were reviewed. No causative agent was identified. The author concludes that the HVAC system deficiencies were probably the primary contribution factors to employee discomfort. The author makes recommendations which address each of the difficulties in the ventilation system.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-154-0000; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; Laboratory-workers; Health-care-personnel; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Ventilation-systems
CAS No.
124-38-9
Publication Date
19880601
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-107254
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-88-154-0000
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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