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Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. TA-80-51-803, United States International Communication Agency, Washington, DC.


PB82184599

Publication Date 1981
Personal Author Love, J. R.
Page Count 8
Abstract Area samples were analyzed and work practices were observed at the United States International Communication Agency (SIC-9199) in Washington, DC on August 25, 1980. An unidentified individual made the request to determine if the 40 employees of the agency were exposed to off gases from recording tapes. Thirteen charcoal tube samples from areas of tape salvage, high speed duplication, the recording studio and from the radio broadcast engineering area were analyzed by gas chromatography, and five filter samples were analyzed for hydroquinone (123319) by high performance liquid chromatography. Some area samples contained trace amounts of methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), xylene (1330207) 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) and styrene (100425). All five samples for hydroquinone were below the detectable limit of 0.02 milligrams per cubic meter of air. Symptoms reported by workers included dizziness, headaches, sneezing and dry eyes. The author concludes that no hazard exists for workers at the company. The cause of the reported symptoms could not be determined.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Xylenes
  • Styrene
  • Hydroquinone
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC-9199
  • Methyl isobutyl ketone
  • Ethane/trichloro
  • CAS 123-31-9
  • CAS 108-10-1
  • CAS 1330-20-7
  • CAS 71-55-6
  • CAS 100-42-5
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198214
Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. TA-80-51-803, United States International Communication Agency, Washington, DC.
Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. TA-80-51-803, United States International Communication Agency, Washington, DC.
PB82184599

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Xylenes
  • Styrene
  • Hydroquinone
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC-9199
  • Methyl isobutyl ketone
  • Ethane/trichloro
  • CAS 123-31-9
  • CAS 108-10-1
  • CAS 1330-20-7
  • CAS 71-55-6
  • CAS 100-42-5
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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