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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-389-2332, Oakland Sports Therapy and Work Hardening, Exton, Pennsylvania.
Buchta TM; Burton NC; Mattorano D
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 92-389-2332, 1993 Jun; :1-24
In response to a request from employees, an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at Oakland Sports Therapy and Work Hardening (SIC-8049), Exton, Pennsylvania. Various health complaints such as headaches, dizziness, eye irritation, sinus infections, and respiratory problems resulted in the request. The facility was located on the first floor of a two story brick structure. Most of the facility was dedicated to an open area for physical therapy rehabilitation services. There were 14 employees and typically six to seven clients using the facility at any one time. The temperature and relative humidity measurements were slightly below comfort guidelines. Carbon-dioxide (124389) levels consistently exceeded the 1,000 parts per million levels. The center apparently was not receiving sufficient amounts of outside air during maximum occupancy. Bromine (7726956) traces were found in two of three samples collected but not at concentrations which would be expected to cause health effects. Bromine was used as a sanitizer in a large whirlpool. The authors conclude that symptoms reported by workers were consistent with building related symptoms. The amount of outside air supplied by the ventilation system was below ventilation guidelines. The authors recommend that the amount of outside air be increased. The air intake should be relocated, the ventilation system should be balanced, and more efficient filter media should be used.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-389-2332; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Ventilation-equipment; Air-quality-monitoring; Indoor-air-pollution; Health-care-personnel; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: Offices and Clinics of Health Practitioners, not otherwise classified; indoor environmental quality; IEQ; IAQ; carbon dioxide; temperature; relative humidity; ventilation; bromine; whirlpool
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