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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-139-2274, Ohio University, Jennings Home, Athens, Ohio.
Martinez-KF; Cook-CK; Deitchman-S
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 92-139-2274, 1992 Dec; :1-24
In response to a request from the Environmental Safety Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety, Ohio University, an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Jennings Home (SIC-9441), Athens, Ohio. The Jennings Home housed the administrative offices of the College of Fine Arts of the University. An employee had experienced tearing eyes, itching under the skin, mucous drainage, occasional chest pains, nausea and diarrhea. Environmental samples were collected at several locations for cyclohexylamine (108918) and bioaerosols such as saprophytic fungi, bacteria, and thermophilic actinomycetes. Measurements were also taken of carbon-dioxide, temperature and humidity. No reports were found of interior water damage, and pesticide usage was not reported within the previous 4 years. No current environmental exposures or conditions were found that would constitute a health hazard. The authors suggest that carbon-dioxide monitoring be continued and if the levels are over 10000 parts per million, efforts be made to increase the fresh air supply when occupancy is increased.
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