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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-068-L2039, Wichita County Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, Wichita, Kansas.
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 89-068-L2039, 1990 Apr; :1-14
In response to a request, an investigation was undertaken of possible health hazards at the Wichita County Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services Building (SIC-9441). The request was prompted by several complaints of headache, head congestion, pneumonia, blurred vision, allergies, and asthma among the employees. The building consists of two sections: a seven story tower section and a four story core section. It was built in 1940 and underwent major structural renovation in 1985. The interior renovation consisted of wall construction, painting, carpet installation, woodwork refinishing, and repair of the boiler room. It was occupied in the fall of 1985 and complaints about odors began in January of 1986. Carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) testing found CO levels of 4 to 5 parts per million on floors 1 to 4 and no detectable CO on floors 4 to 7. The authors conclude that the air quality detected was not likely to be causing the symptoms reported. The authors recommend measures concerning humidity and air temperature levels in the offices and the rearrangement of office layouts to ensure that adequate air flow is provided.
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