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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-380-2302, DuPage County Judicial Office Facility, Wheaton, Illinois.

Hurrell JJ Jr.; Kiefer M; Wilcox T; Kawamoto M
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 92-380-2302, 1993 Apr; :1-20
In response to a request from a management representative at the DuPage County Judicial Office Facility (SIC-9211, SIC-9222), Wheaton, Illinois, an investigation was undertaken to examine possible hazardous working conditions at that site. The facility was occupied by about 700 fulltime workers and entered by 1,300 citizens each day. A humidifier malfunction occurred on March 31, 1992 which resulted in the release of a visible haze, possibly containing water treatment chemicals. The building was evacuated and about 20 people were seen at the local hospital. Building occupants continued to report health symptoms which they attributed to the work environment. Basic indoor environmental quality parameters were monitored. Medical interviews were conducted, and symptom logs were reviewed. The authors conclude that no clear environmental causes were found for the symptoms reported. The authors recommend that changes be made in the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Administrative actions to address employee concerns about indoor environmental quality should be taken.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-380-2302; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality; Closed-building-syndrome; Office-workers; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: Courts/Legal Counsel and Prosecution; indoor environmental quality; IEQ; carbon dioxide; temperature; relative humidity; HVAC; volatile organic compounds; VOC; headaches; runny nose; stuffy nose; sinus congestion; dry eyes; itching eyes; tearing eyes; burning eyes; dry throat; fatigue; sleepiness
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9211; 9222
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