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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-98-0017-2699, United States Postal Service, Mail Processing and Distribution Center, Omaha, Nebraska.
Hewett D; Buono G
Morgantown, WV: 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 98-0017-2699, 1998 Jul; :1-34
In October 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a health hazard evaluation (HHE) request from the National States Post Office Mail Processing and Distribution Center, Omaha, Nebraska. A NPMU representative requested an evaluation of worker exposure to paper dust, mold spores, and ink mist/dust in the first and second floors of the mail processing plant and the basement of a warehouse annex. In the request, the NPMU listed concerns regarding inhalation and skin exposure resulting in adult-onset cases, recurrent sinus and respiratory infections, allergy treatments for paper dust and mold, lung infections, and recurrent dermatitis. On December 9-12, 1997, NIOSH investigators performed a walkthrough survey of the worksite and met with NPMU and US Postal Service representatives to discuss health issues related to worker exposure to paper dust, mold spores, and ink dust/mist. Material safety data sheets (MSDSs) of products used in the mail processing and warehouse areas were reviewed.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Mail-processing; Occupational-safety-and-health; Air-samling; Inhalation; Skin-irritations; Respiratory; Dermatitis; Paper-dust; Contaminants; HVAC; PNOR; PNOC; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-7; Author Keywords: Mailing service; Paper Dust; Fungi; HVAC; Mail Handling; Mail Processing; Mail Sorting; Bulk Dust; Particle Size; PNOR; PNOC; Ink; Culling
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