Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-98-0017-2699, United States Postal Service, Mail Processing and Distribution Center, Omaha, Nebraska.
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.