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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0237-2446, H.E. McCracken Middle School, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
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 94-0237-2446, 1994 Aug; :1-26
In response to a request from the Assistant Superintendent for Operations of the Beaufort County School District, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the H. E. McCracken Middle School (SIC-8211), Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The school was opened in the fall of 1991, serving grades 6 to 8. Approximately 1,100 persons occupied the building including students, faculty and support staff. The concern at the school was due to mold and mildew problems, and health symptoms reported by employees. Many persons reported fatigue, nasal congestion, headache, tension or nervousness and back, neck, or shoulder discomfort. Many of these same persons reported that their symptoms disappeared when they left the building. Too little air movement was a frequent complaint and temperature control was also a problem. Carbon-dioxide (124389) measurements used to asses the capabilities of the air handling system suggested that too little outside air was provided to occupied spaces. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. The authors recommend that the ventilation system be modified to provide additional outside air to occupied spaces.
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