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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-97-0189-2668, Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa.
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 97-0189-2668, 1997 Dec; :1-32
On September 16-17, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a site visit at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, in response to a management request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE). The request asked NIOSH to assess indoor air quality and measure exposures to crystalline silica in the art rooms at this school. The source of crystalline silica was clay and various glazes used during ceramics courses in art room 403. The request was initiated folloing an employee complaint filed with the Iowa Department of Labor Services, Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Division, regarding potential exposure to dust and silica from clays. The IOSH administrator recommended that school officials request a NIOSH HHE. Adverse health effects reported in the IOSH complaint included respiratory difficulties, dizziness, nausea, and chronic sneezing.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Crystalline-silica; High-schools; Air-quality; Air-sampling; Exposures; Art-rooms; Clays; Methods; Evaluation-criteria; Region-7; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: Elementary and Secondary Schools; crystalline silica; quartz; cristobalite; ceramics; art; indoor environmental quality; IEQ; IAQ; mold; ventilation; carbon dioxide; relative humidity; temperature; respiratory; sneezing; dizziness
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