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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-96-0188-2605, Greater Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Wheaton, Illinois.
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 96-0188-2605, 1996 Oct; :1-13
In response to a request from the manager of the Greater Wheaton Chamber of Commerce (GWCC), an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the GWCC offices (SIC-8611). Workers had complained of headaches, dizziness, nausea, sore throats, lethargy, and hematuria. The workers expressed concern about possible exposure to solvents which had been discovered in a floor drain in a garage/warehouse adjacent to their building. At the time of the study, the heating system had been turned on to accelerate the off gassing of any volatile organic compounds. Air samples were collected during and after this bake out. Concentrations of toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), 1,1,1- trichloroethane (71556), and perchloroethylene (127184) were very low, ranging from trace amounts to 0.046 part per million (ppm). Concentrations of total volatile organic compounds ranged from 1.4 to 3.2mg/m3. No odors detected in the offices. No evidence was found for any exposures which would account for hematuria among these workers. A newly installed ventilation system was supplying about 100 cubic feet per minute of outside air to the office.
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