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Title: Health-hazard evaluation report HETA-88-311-0000, Office of Disability Determination, The Howard Building, Tampa, Florida

In response to a request from the Area Manager of the Office of Disability Determination, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Howard Building, Tampa, Florida. Particular concern was voiced with regard to eye irritation, headaches, and fatigue with a possible connection to water leakage into the offices and pigeon nesting areas above suspended ceilings. Studies indicated no carbon-monoxide, nitrogen-dioxide, or formaldehyde concentration in the building. Carbon dioxide levels of 1000 parts per million or above were recorded which were indicative of inadequate air exchange between a building and the outdoors. An area was found along the south wall of the building with gross contamination by bird droppings and other debris. Rainwater leakage above the areas where the birds had nested washed the excrement and debris down over the office walls. As much as 2 inches of bird droppings were found on some suspended tiles. The crawl space above the first floor was observed to have health and safety hazards. Some of the symptoms were likely allergic rhinitis while others may have resulted from a lack of fresh outdoor air. Specific measures should be taken to safely remove the bird debris, prevent additional bird inhabitation, improvemore » drainage of condensate water, and provide an outdoor air-supply system.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5936789
Report Number(s):
PB-89-186688/XAB; HETA-88-311-0000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; OFFICE BUILDINGS; VENTILATION SYSTEMS; PIGEONS; SOLID WASTES; RESPIRATORY SYSTEM DISEASES; INDOOR AIR POLLUTION; AIR FLOW; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE; INSPECTION; LEAKS; SURVEYS; TOXICITY; AIR POLLUTION; ANIMALS; BIRDS; BUILDINGS; DISEASES; FLUID FLOW; GAS FLOW; MATERIALS; MEDICINE; POLLUTION; SAFETY; VERTEBRATES; WASTES 500200* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989); 552000 -- Public Health