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Johnson CJ, Moran J, Pekich R. Am. J. Public Health 1975; 65(12): 1327-1329.


(Copyright © 1975, American Public Health Association)








Following an incident in which eight children became ill from carbon monoxide in a school bus, an investigation was made of CO levels in school buses in the Seattle area. The procedure selected for the evaluation was to test a large number of buses at a nearby ski resort. On the day selected for the sampling, over 200 buses arrived, bringing school children from a number of school districts in the Seattle are for skiing lessons. As they arrived, 33 buses were checked immediately to determine in-transit levels of CO. Four of the 33 buses had CO levels in excess of Environmental Protection Agency maximum allowable concentrations for an 8-hr exposure. As the buses sat idling in the parking lot, 65 of them were tested--during the lunch hour when the students returned to the buses to have their lunch and to rest. Two buses had nearly 3 times the concentration of CO permitted by the EPA for a 1-hr exposure. A total of seven buses (10 per cent) had concentrations of CO not permitted by the EPA for more than a 1-hr period. Altogether there were 24 buses (36 per cent) that had levels of CO in excess of EPA standards for an 8-hr exposure. As a result of these determinations and other observations a number of recommendations were made to reduce the hazard of exposure to carbon monoxide in school buses.

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