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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0333-2546, DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, Georgia.
Kiefer M; Salisbury S
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 95-0333-2546, 1995 Oct; :1-38
In response to a request from the DeKalb County Board of Health, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the T.O. Vinson Health Center (SIC-9431), Decatur, Georgia. Complaints from the workers included eye and throat irritation, fatigue, nausea, and difficulty in breathing. The Health Center was a three story building housing a community health clinic; the building had housed the county mosquito control program until 1987, and pesticides had been mixed and loaded on the maintenance dock. About 60 persons work there. Most of the symptoms had been reported from occupants of the second floor clinic area. Areas of concern were the second floor X-ray developer room, a nearby incubator used for microbiological cultures, and residue from past chemical spills. Indoor temperature and relative humidity levels were within acceptable comfort ranges. Carbon-dioxide (124389) measurements were also within guidelines. Volatile organic compound monitoring detected no unusual components. Samples taken from the maintenance dock showed high concentrations of malathion (121755) and DDT (50293). Trace quantities of other pesticides were also found on surfaces. The authors conclude that the building had acceptable air quality. The source of reported health problems was not identified. The authors recommend that the maintenance dock pesticide contamination be remediated, and improvements be made in housekeeping and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0333-2546; Region-4; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Work-environment; Environmental-contamination; Organo-chlorine-compounds; Insecticides; Health-care-facilities; Author Keywords: Administration of Public Health Programs; Indoor air quality; IAQ; carbon dioxide; temperature; humidity; malathion; DDT; pesticides; fatigue; nausea; irritation
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