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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-153-2072, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Rio Grande, Ohio.
Almaguer D; Blade LM
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 88-153-2072, 1990 Oct; :1-20
In response to a request from employees at the Buckeye Hills Career Center (SIC-8249) located in Rio Grande, Ohio, an investigation was made of symptoms experience by the Cosmetology instructors which were believed to be associated with exposures to hair care and cosmetology products used in the Cosmetology Clinic. Employees were interviewed, and environmental sampling was conducted. The use of paraformaldehyde (30525894) cabinet fumigants was found to be a source of airborne formaldehyde (50000) and contributed to airborne formaldehyde concentrations within the clinic. Sample results showed high airborne concentrations of formaldehyde within towel cabinets and student cosmetic kits. Inadequate amounts of fresh outside air were supplied to the Clinic. Other products containing formaldehyde also contributed to the air quality. The authors conclude that a potential hazard existed due to exposure to formaldehyde. The authors recommend that where substances without formaldehyde could be substituted for those containing formaldehyde that the substitution be made. If product elimination or substitution is not feasible, then exposures should be controlled through the use of local exhaust ventilation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-153-2072; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Hairdressers; Hair-sprays; Cosmetics-workers; Education; Author Keywords: Vocational School, Not Elsewhere Classified; formaldehyde; paraformaldehyde; fumigants; beauty schools; cosmetology; cosmetologists; hairdressers
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