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Health hazard evaluation report: MHETA-88-020-1908, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Kullman GJ; Sanderson WT
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, MHETA 88-020-1908, 1988 Jun; :1-27
In response to a request from the University of South Florida (SIC- 9441), Tampa, Florida an investigation was made of complaints among workers of chemical odors and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat in the MHH Building 104. A questionnaire was completed by 67 percent of the 61 employees in this building. The most frequent complaints arose among those working in the converted gymnasium/auditorium offices and included headaches, sinus problems and stuffy indoor air in addition to the other complaints noted above. Two distinct odors were noted in these areas, one of which was linked to the carpet and carpet glue used. The second odor, a musty smell, was not entirely pinned down, but may have resulted from an inadequate ventilation system. None of the gases or vapors sampled were above any of the occupational limits. The authors conclude that low level indoor air pollutants from building materials and the suboptimal ventilation system may explain symptoms reported by workers. The authors recommend that changes should be made in the design and operation of the ventilation system, and the possibility of replacing carpet and carpet glue in some areas should be considered. Water leaks should be repaired promptly, and water damaged materials should be sanitized or replaced.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; MHETA-88-020-1908; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Office-workers; Ventilation-systems; Air-quality-control; Indoor-air-pollution; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: Administration of Social, Human Resource and Income Maintenance Programs; office-buildings; indoor air pollution; ventilation; odors
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