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Accident: 202490785 - Six Employees Suffer Respiratory Irritation From Solvents

Accident: 202490785 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 06/23/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31323521007/07/20109223Ca Corrections & Rehab High Desert State Prison
On June 23, 2010, Employees #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6, as well as two additional coworkers were working in the medical records room of a prison. As preparations were being made for painting, several solvents were sprayed, by means of aerosol cans, on surfaces that included Goof-Off (2-butoxyethanol) and paint thinner (Stoddard Solvent). Employees #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6, as well as the two additional coworkers began to complain of symptoms of dizziness and nausea. The area was evacuated and initial treatment was administered by the onsite nurse in the treatment and triage area. However, Employees #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6 later received treatment from their own physicians for respiratory irritation caused by the airborne solvents.
Keywords: chest, respiratory, lung, ppe, inhalation, toxic fumes
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313235210 Non Hospitalized injury Other Health record technologists and technicians
2 313235210 Non Hospitalized injury Other Painters, construction and maintenance
3 313235210 Non Hospitalized injury Other Health record technologists and technicians
4 313235210 Non Hospitalized injury Other Health record technologists and technicians
5 313235210 Non Hospitalized injury Other Health record technologists and technicians
6 313235210 Non Hospitalized injury Other Health record technologists and technicians

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