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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-387-2050, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.
Almaguer D; Klein M; Klincewicz S
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 87-387-2050, 1990 Jun; :1-23
In response to a request from an authorized representative of the employees of Ithaca College (SIC-8221) located in Ithaca, New York, a study was made of possible hazardous conditions at the college stemming from the use of formalin (50000) solutions during the embalming and fixing of primates for study. Samples were collected in the anatomy laboratory, the refrigeration room, and the hallway which separated the two rooms. Analyses of the 22 samples collected ranged from nondetectable to 0.12 parts per million for formaldehyde. Two samples which contained quantifiable levels of formaldehyde were collected in the anatomy laboratory. All tests for phenol and ethylene-glycol showed nondetectable levels. Measurements indicated the ventilation system supplied air to the location in line with requirements but that air distribution and exhaust within the laboratory were not conducive to minimizing occupant exposure to contaminants. Only one set of exhaust conditions was under negative pressure. Ventilation may have been inadequate. The staff reported symptoms of headache, sinus congestion, odors in the office, sore throat, and itching and burning eyes. The authors conclude that exposures to low levels of formaldehyde existed at the time of the survey. Formaldehyde levels measured during this study were not deemed high enough to be causing reported symptoms. The authors recommend measures to improve the ventilation system.
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