HHE report no. HETA-91-075-2122, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
NIOSH 1991 Jun; :1-26
In response to a request from the Department of Public Safety of the University of Utah, an evaluation was undertaken of possible hazardous conditions at the University Medical Center (SIC-8062), in Salt Lake City. The two buildings of concern were the School of Medicine and the University of Utah Hospital. In the former, concern centered around the Ophthalmology Center where employees complained about sneezing and stuffy noses plus a lack of air movement. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in all areas were found to be well maintained and functioning as designed. The carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) levels did not exceed 5 parts per million. A bulk air sample revealed no unusual organic compounds, with the total organic concentration being less than 1.0mg/m3. The author concludes that no airborne contaminant was identified which would constitute a health hazard; however, upper respiratory symptoms were reported by a high percentage of workers. The author recommends specific measures to be taken to help alleviate some of these complaints.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-075-2122; Region-8; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Ventilation-systems; Health-care-personnel; Indoor-air-pollution; Indoor-environmental-quality
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, 26 pages, 5 references