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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-180-2246, Ohio State Auditors Office, Sharonville, Ohio.

Almaguer D; Wilcox T
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 92-180-2246, 1992 Aug; :1-19
In response to a request from the Sharonville Department of Health, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Ohio State Auditors Office (SIC-9199) located in Sharonville, Ohio. In August of 1991, the office was relocated to its present location. In the late fall of 1991, employees noted a petroleum like odor which worsened with time. Specific symptoms experienced included headache, eye irritation and fatigue. Results of the study indicated that the air contained a complex mixture of hydrocarbons ranging from C4 through C12. Volatile organic chemical concentrations ranged up to 160 parts per million. The total airborne hydrocarbon concentrations in the office were much greater than total airborne concentrations in the adjacent ground floor office and in one office suite on the second floor. The authors conclude that the subsurface of this property may be contaminated with a complex mixture of hydrocarbons, which apparently is volatilizing and entering the building through cracks in the concrete flooring and foundation. The authors recommend that soil studies be conducted to determine the source of the contamination and that efforts be made to lower the concentration of total airborne hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds in the office space.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-180-2246; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Office-workers; Indoor-air-pollution; Volatiles; Occupational-exposure; Environmental-contamination; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: General Government, Not Elsewhere Classified; IAQ; hydrocarbons; VOCs; underground storage tanks; UST
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