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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-96-0164-2614, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Gainesville, Florida.
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 96-0164-2614, 1996 Nov; :1-28
In response to a request from management at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) laboratories (SIC-9641) in Gainesville, Florida. The DPI laboratories and chemical storage areas, and the Sterile Fly Facility were inspected. All monitoring results were well below the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits for the compounds monitored. An 11 minute sample from a worker disinfecting the Diet Preparation room in the Sterile Fly Facility showed an isopropyl-alcohol (67630) concentration of 258 parts per million (ppm), below the 500ppm short term exposure limit. A respirable dust concentration of 5.9mg/m3 was recorded for the 86 minute monitoring period. The full shift time weighted average respirable dust exposure was 1.1mg/m3. The author concludes that no immediate hazards were identified during this study. The author recommends that improvements be made to the respiratory protection programs, ventilation systems, and the storage, handing and labeling of chemicals used at the site.
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