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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0362-2385, Kingwood Elementary School, Kingwood, West Virginia.

Authors
Berardinelli-S Jr.
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 92-0362-2385, 1994 Jan; :1-36
NIOSHTIC No.
00219211
Abstract
In response to a request, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the Kingwood Elementary School, (SIC- 8211) located in Kingwood, West Virginia. Employees and parents were concerned about the indoor air quality at the school. Complaints noted frequent respiratory (upper and lower) problems among students and workers. There were about 450 students and 39 employees at the school. Questionnaire responses pertained primarily to poor air circulation and temperature regulation. Carbon- dioxide (124389) (CO2) measurements were indicative of a ventilation system that did not adequately supply or distribute fresh air to the building. Some of the temperatures measured did not fall within the guidelines for winter conditions. Most of the relative humidity levels were below the recommended levels. The author concludes that no health hazards were identified, but most employees had experienced common building related complaints. The author recommends that a ventilation system which would meet criteria for occupant comfort and outdoor air ventilation rates should be provided.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0362-2385; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality-monitoring; Teaching; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-environmental-quality
CAS No.
124-38-9
Publication Date
19940101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-175171
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0362-2385
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8211
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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