Office Health Hazards:

Federal Activities Funded in Fiscal Years 1981-86

HRD-86-101FS: Published: Jun 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO obtained information from seven federal agencies on selected office health hazard activities that they have funded since October 1980, specifically directed at: (1) indoor air pollution; (2) asbestos exposure; (3) video display terminals (VDT); and (4) job stress.

GAO found that the agencies reported that: (1) they spent approximately $14.2 million for office health hazard activities during fiscal years 1981 to 1986; (2) two-thirds of the obligated funds were for specific projects; and (3) projects included measuring carbon monoxide exposure in public buildings, evaluating methods for collecting formaldehyde samples in the workplace, developing methods to measure the efficiency of ventilation systems, exploring ways to reduce job stress by better VDT workstation design, and studying the effects on eye mechanisms of the interaction of VDT and normal room lighting.

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