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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-0308-2376, Internal Revenue Service, McNamara Building, Detroit, Michigan.
Tubbs-RL; Malkin-R; Anastas-MY
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 91-0308-2376, 1994 Jan; :1-33
In response to a request from the National Treasury Employees Union Detroit Chapter Number 24, an investigation was begun of possible hazardous working conditions at the Internal Revenue Service, McNamara Building (SIC-9311), Detroit, Michigan. Workers had expressed concern over poor air quality, temperature extremes, fire/electrical hazards, excessive noise, and other safety and ergonomic issues. Environmental measurements were made in the Toll free Telephone Area on the eighteenth floor and the tax collection area on the twenty first floor. Measurements of carbon-dioxide (124389) levels, temperature and relative humidity, and noise levels were made on the two floors over 3 days. The levels monitored were common for office buildings. Interviews and questionnaires were used to collect data from workers on the two floors. No significant elevations in the number of complaints were received when compared to other similar buildings and work forces. The authors conclude that there were no specific environmental concerns identified that would explain the reported symptoms. The authors recommend that specific measures be taken concerning ventilation, humidity, noise, safety and employee communications in the building.
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