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Document ID (ISN)75041
CIS number 00-714
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lewis R.D., Feir D., Roegner K., Nayan A., Vordtriede S.
Title Investigation of bites and itching in a word processing department
Bibliographic information May-June 1999, Vol.60, No.3, p.310-316. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract This study investigated reported bites and itching in a word processing division of a municipal department. Bird and rodent mites were suspected as causes of the bites because of the large population of pigeons around window ledges and the sighting of mice in the office. No single cause of the bites was identified; however, a combination of surface-borne dust on desk tops and floors, the presence of minute quantities of mineral wool and fibre glass, relatively dry conditions, little or no outdoor air supplied to the work space, evidence of seasonally associated high work load, labour/management strife, and the presence of computers being used on a 24-hour basis (possibly leading to high levels of static electricity) were suspected as multiple causes of most of the "bites." After removal of loose mineral wool and dirt from an air handling unit and implementation of an aggressive cleaning routine, no more bites or itching were reported after a 6-month, 1- and 2-year follow-up period.
Descriptors (primary) itch; bites; computers; office work
Descriptors (secondary) airborne dust; static electricity; acarids; glass fibre; mental stress; visual display terminals; exhaust ventilation; questionnaire survey; cleaning of workplaces; mineral wool
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Office work
Skin diseases