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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0891-2430, Essex County Division of Welfare, Newark, New Jersey.
Tepper A; Seitz T
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 93-0891-2430, 1994 Jun; :1-24
In response to a request from the Communication Workers of America, District 1, an investigation was begun into the potential risk of tuberculosis transmission at the Essex County Division of Welfare (SIC-9441), Newark, New Jersey. Clients of the Division included members of groups considered to be at high risk for tuberculosis, including the homeless and low income populations. Newark had a rate of 68.3 tuberculosis cases per 100,000 persons. An environmental inspection was made at the Food Stamp Office, which included an inspection of the ventilation systems and measurements of carbon-dioxide (124389) concentrations at various times throughout the day. The ventilation system did not supply a sufficient quantity of outdoor air. The medical evaluation included confidential interviews with 18 workers. The results of a voluntary tuberculosis screening were reviewed. The authors conclude that Division of Welfare employees may be at risk for tuberculosis infection because clients are considered a high risk group for active tuberculosis. The authors recommend that an employee tuberculosis education and screening program be instituted for employees of the Division of Welfare. Improvements to the ventilation system in the Food Stamp Office should be made.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0891-2430; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Infectious-diseases; Disease-transmission; Ventilation-systems; Bacterial-infections; Author Keywords: Administration of Social, Human Resource and Income Maintenance Programs; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; tuberculosis; TB; social service; welfare; indoor air quality; indoor environmental quality
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