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Health hazard evaluation report: MHETA-88-249-1931, Community Savings Association, Finleyville, Pennsylvania.
Sanderson WT; Costa C
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 88-249-1931, 1988 Sep; :1-14
In response to a request from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Finleyville Branch of the Community Savings Association (SIC-6036), located in Finleyville, Pennsylvania. Employees had been sensitized to a fungus and were experiencing nausea, headache, fatigue, sinus congestion and difficulty in breathing even after action to control the fungus had been taken. The first allergic reaction was noted in October of 1986 with four more cases developing by December 5 of that same year. During early February of 1987 the wall in the storeroom was scraped, cleaned, and painted with a fungal resistant paint. On March 16 the office was closed early due to three full time employees suffering the aforementioned symptoms plus dermatological symptoms of an allergic reaction. Additional control efforts were likewise unsuccessful. Analysis indicated that exposure to microorganisms and an inadequate supply of fresh air were likely the causes of the symptoms experienced by these workers. No evidence of any pulmonary damage among the exposed workers was found. The authors recommend that the ventilation, heating, and air conditioning unit be operated according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air- Conditioning Engineers, Incorporated (ASHRAE) standards; that relative humidity should range between 20 to 50 percent; that the storeroom wall be maintained free of microbial growth; and that files in open boxes be cleaned and placed in enclosed cabinets to reduce further contamination.
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