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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-269-2330, Celebrezze Federal Building, Cleveland, Ohio.

Authors
Zimmer-AT; Malkin-R
Source
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 92-269-2330, 1993 Jul; :1-25
NIOSHTIC No.
00215677
Abstract
In response to a request from an authorized representative of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), an investigation was made into indoor environmental quality at the Celebrezze Federal Building, Cleveland, Ohio. Internal Revenue Service (SIC-9311) employees on floors 2 through 6 of the building had complained of stuffed nose, dry throat, headaches, eye irritation, and general discomfort. The building was a 31 floor rectangular office building with a loading dock located on the south side in the sub basement level. Several perimeter ventilators had excess particulate buildup and one had a water leak. The doors to all smoking areas were left open to the hallway and odors were evident. No biological growth was visible in the four heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, although standing water was noted in one. Temperature and humidity measurements were within the standard guidelines. Fatigue, strained eyes, stuffed nose, irritated eyes, dry throat, and headache were reported by 57, 50, 43, 41, 37 and 34%, respectively, of 127 employees who completed questionnaires. The authors conclude that no exposure or conditions were found to explain reported symptoms. The authors recommend that efforts be made to improve the indoor environment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-269-2330; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Office-workers; Indoor-air-pollution; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19930701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-110459
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-269-2330
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9311
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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