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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-252-2167, Northland Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Hanley KW; Deitchman 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 90-252-2167, 1991 Dec; :1-18
In response to a request from management at the Northland Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SIC-8051), Columbus, Ohio, a study was undertaken of headaches in workers in the laundry facility and upper respiratory infections associated with delivering Attends diapers. The study included employee interviews, environmental monitoring, and an assessment of the adequacy of the design and performance of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system. Northland Terrace was a nursing and rehabilitation center. Employees who work in the laundry facility reported that they experience headache while present in this area which was renovated in 1989. Carbon-dioxide (124389) concentrations exceeded 1000 parts per million. Biologically significant carbon-monoxide (630080) concentrations were not observed. Temperatures in the laundry rooms ranged from 86 to 92 degrees-F. Relative humidities ranged from 48 to 56%. A possible reaction to the dust or the fragrance associated with Attends diapers was not followed to completion as the nursing facility stopped using this product during the study. The authors conclude that there was an inadequate supply of outside air in the laundry and basement areas. The authors recommend measures to improve the ventilation system and reduce the potential for heat stress in the laundry.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-252-2167; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Air-quality-monitoring; Air-sampling; Indoor-air-pollution; Health-care-personnel; Occupational-exposure; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: skilled nursing and rehabilitation; commercial laundry; headaches; carbon dioxide; temperature; relative humidity; ventilation; outside air intake; Attends disposable briefs; respiratory symptoms
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