HHE Report No. HETA-94-0414-2492, Group Health Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio.
NIOSH 1995 Mar:18 pages
In response to a management request, an investigation was begun of the possible relationship between water damage to the building and respiratory illness in workers at the Group Health Associates (SIC- 8011), Cincinnati, Ohio. There were several water incursions in the Kenwood facility since 1986, including one in January, 1994 in which a pipe burst, causing water damage on all three floors. Five workers had pneumonia during the period from April through October, 1994. Four of these five worked in the pediatrics unit on the second floor. None reported symptoms which were related to presence in the building. Analysis of bulk samples collected in and above the office spaces and in the air handling units revealed various bacteria and fungi growing. No sources of exposure to potentially causative agents were identified which were unique to the second floor pediatrics unit where the four persons worked. The authors conclude that the occurrence of four cases of pneumonia does not appear to involve a building related illness. The authors recommend that improvements be made in the cleaning and maintenance of the ventilation system.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0414-2492; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Health-care-personnel; Ventilation-systems; Microorganisms; Respiratory-system-disorders; Epidemiology;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-94-0414-2492, 18 pages, 6 references