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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0126-2358, Lakeland Jr-Sr High School, Jermyn, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Tepper-A; Martinez-KF; Buchta-T
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 92-0126-2358, 1993 Oct; :1-30
NIOSHTIC No.
00217274
Abstract
In response to a request from the superintendent of the Lakeland School District (SIC-8211), an investigation was begun into the occurrences of bacterial illnesses among employees of the Lakeland Junior Senior High School in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. In 1992 the estimated occupancy was 800 individuals, of whom 10% were adults. Symptoms reported by the teachers and other employees included eye strain, eye irritation, nasal/sinus congestion, and excess fatigue. Nearly all symptoms were reported by a higher percentage of workers during the school year than during the summer when school was not in session. Possible building related symptoms included mucous membrane irritation, respiratory symptoms, or nonspecific symptoms. Bacterial and fungal counts in bulk samples collected from water stained ceiling tiles, interior ventilation system lining, and wall paint did not indicate a significant problem with microbiological contamination. The authors conclude that a consistent pattern of bacterial disease that could be related to environmental conditions was not found. Reported symptoms were related to employee perceptions of unpleasant working conditions, particularly insufficient air movement and unclean work areas. The authors recommend that an adequate supply of outside air be provided and that temperature and humidity levels be maintained in accordance with guidelines currently in place.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0126-2358; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Air-quality-monitoring; Indoor-air-pollution; Teaching; Ventilation-systems; Closed-building-syndrome; Microorganisms; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19931001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-139714
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0126-2358
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8211
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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