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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-180-1171, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Hollett BA; Wilcox TG
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-180-1171, 1982 Aug; :1-85
NIOSHTIC No.
00236835
Abstract
In response to a request from the Local 3840 of the American Federation of Government Employees at the NIOSH Robert A. Taft Laboratories (SIC-8922), Cincinnati, Ohio, an investigation was begin into possible hazards associated with working in the laboratory and animal facilities. There were about 80 Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (DBBS) research workers who worked directly with toxic substances or hazardous physical agents. An initial walk through evaluation was performed and questionnaires completed for 328 laboratory and activity areas. Airborne exposure surveys were also conducted. Twenty five performance evaluations of fume hood performance were conducted. The authors conclude that exposures to benzene (71432) in the clinical chemistry laboratory and to formaldehyde (50000) in the autopsy room and tissue preparation rooms were not at the lowest feasible level. A need was noted to improve the hazardous material management system including inventory control of procurement, storage, handling and disposal. A physician should be designated to act as a consultant to the DBBS Safety Committee which, in conjunction with this medical consultant, should review present policies and procedures concerning the DBBS occupational health program and establish clear written policies regarding medical surveillance and immunization requirements of DBBS employees.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Carcinogens; Laboratory-workers; Animal-husbandry; Occupational-exposure; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Ventilation-systems; Author Keywords: Research Laboratories; Benzene; MOCA; Ventilation; Formaldehyde
CAS No.
71-43-2; 50-00-0
Publication Date
19820801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-224328
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
HETA-81-180-1171
NIOSH Division
DBBS; DSHEFS
SIC Code
8922
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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