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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-108-2247, Montpelier High School, Montpelier, Vermont.
Crandall MS; Wilcox TG
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 92-108-2247, 1992 Aug; :1-15
In response to a request from Senator Patrick J. Leahy's office, an evaluation was performed of indoor environmental quality at Montpelier High School (SIC-8211), Montpelier, Vermont. The request expressed concern over new carpets installed at that location. Interviews were held with teachers in the facility and air samples were taken for analysis. Medical interviews indicated that four of six teachers reported experiencing symptoms during September of 1991 when the newly carpeted and painted classrooms were first used. Symptoms included headache, throat irritation, and eye irritation. Volatile organic chemicals which were found in trace concentrations in some samples may have been present at higher concentrations immediately following remodeling activities. The authors conclude that there did appear to be a temporal relationship between the symptoms reported and the refurbishing of these classrooms. The authors recommend that the ventilation system be improved, and that low emitting building materials and furnishings be used for future remodeling efforts.
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