HHE Report No. HETA-88-274-1924, Office of Employment Security, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1988 Sep:16 pages
In response to a request from the Pennsylvania Social Services Union, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Office of Employment Security (SIC-7361), located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Employees had complained of dizziness; coughing; burning of the eyes, nose and throat; recurring respiratory infections; and other symptoms. The 30 employees handled unemployment benefits claims and operated a job placement service. Potential sources of air contaminants in the building included a dry toner type photocopier, fiberglass insulation inside the air supply ductwork, tobacco smoking, cleaning compounds, office furnishings and supplies, and building construction materials. No carbon-monoxide or nitrogen-dioxide levels were detected. No evidence was found to support any causal relationship between work related experiences and the symptoms expressed by the workers. The authors recommend that specific actions be taken to ensure that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is operating optimally, that parking of vehicles in the alley where the air intakes are located is prevented, and that certain ergonomic recommendations for operators of video display units are adopted to lessen their muscle fatigue and general discomfort.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-88-274-1924; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Office-workers; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Video-display-terminals; Computer-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Closed-building-syndrome;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-88-274-1924, 16 pages