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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-1000-2406, Ithaca City School District, Transportation Department, Ithaca, New York.
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 93-1000-2406, 1994 Mar; :1-32
In response to a request from the local section of the National Education Association (NEA), an investigation was begun into possible exposures to diesel exhaust, solvents, and brake pad asbestos (1332214) fibers at the Transportation Department of the Ithaca City School District (SIC -4151), Ithaca, New York. To determine exposures to diesel exhaust, elemental carbon (7440440) samples were collected. The garage and office area of the building revealed levels of carbon which were of concern, given that NIOSH considers diesel exhaust to be a potential human carcinogen. Even though no painting or brake pad procedures were underway at the time of the study, recommendations were made for establishing a paint booth or local exhaust ventilation system to control organic vapor exposures. Asbestos exposures have been documented at other similar sites by NIOSH investigations. Workers smoked in the building, and there was no ventilation, and no smoking policy in place. The author concludes that a health hazard may exist from exposure to diesel exhausts. The author recommends specific measures to reduce exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-1000-2406; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Indoor-air-pollution; Cigarette-smoking; Asbestos-fibers; Mechanics; Carcinogens; Diesel-exhausts; Automobile-repair-shops; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: school buses; diesel exhaust; elemental carbon; paint; organic solvents; transportation department; environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)
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