Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-264-2263, AMP Incorporated, Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
In response to a request from employees of AMP Incorporated (SIC- 5063), Berwyn, Pennsylvania, an investigation was begun into indoor air quality. Concern was expressed over excessive headaches, runny noses, coughing, lost voices, and bronchial symptoms experienced by the employees. There were also complaints about the comfort of the working conditions as far as temperature levels and air circulation were concerned. The facility included a Sales/Service office area and cafeteria, offices, a computer room and a few other ancillary rooms in the northern portion of the one story building. The rest of the building was occupied by a large warehouse and some additional offices. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system was found to have inadequate ventilation effectiveness. Air temperatures were above recommended comfort ranges. The cafeteria was a designated smoking area. The author concludes that it was not possible to determine whether these factors caused the problems experienced by the workers. The presence of environmental tobacco smoke in the cafeteria did constitute a potential health hazard. The author recommends the establishment of a separate smoking lounge, a readjustment of the ventilation system, and checking the performance of the various parts of the system with some degree of frequency.