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As part of construction for the new sector suites, workmen were relocating the cwsu (central WX service unit). They had built a new work area near the sectors and were finishing up by gluing carpet on the walls. All of us noticed a very strong glue odor and many of us developed headaches. As I sat on the sector, working traffic, and involuntarily breathing fumes, my vision began to blur. I started to feel light headed and could not concentrate. I advised my supervisor of this and he replied, 'I guess that's why I feel so good!', and walked off. I asked a co-worker for relief. He said the glue had not affected him beyond a headache and he assumed control of the sector. Later another controller admitted to me he had felt as I had, but told no one of authority. I later informed the area manager in charge and the af manager responsible for the construction. As far as I know, mine has been the only complaint to those of authority about this. I feel there was a serious danger here, but no one has given me a satisfactory reply.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CARPET GLUE TO INSTALL NEW CARPET IN THE CTL ROOM CAUSED THE REPORTER TO BECOME ILL.
Narrative: AS PART OF CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW SECTOR SUITES, WORKMEN WERE RELOCATING THE CWSU (CENTRAL WX SVC UNIT). THEY HAD BUILT A NEW WORK AREA NEAR THE SECTORS AND WERE FINISHING UP BY GLUING CARPET ON THE WALLS. ALL OF US NOTICED A VERY STRONG GLUE ODOR AND MANY OF US DEVELOPED HEADACHES. AS I SAT ON THE SECTOR, WORKING TFC, AND INVOLUNTARILY BREATHING FUMES, MY VISION BEGAN TO BLUR. I STARTED TO FEEL LIGHT HEADED AND COULD NOT CONCENTRATE. I ADVISED MY SUPVR OF THIS AND HE REPLIED, 'I GUESS THAT'S WHY I FEEL SO GOOD!', AND WALKED OFF. I ASKED A CO-WORKER FOR RELIEF. HE SAID THE GLUE HAD NOT AFFECTED HIM BEYOND A HEADACHE AND HE ASSUMED CTL OF THE SECTOR. LATER ANOTHER CTLR ADMITTED TO ME HE HAD FELT AS I HAD, BUT TOLD NO ONE OF AUTHORITY. I LATER INFORMED THE AREA MGR IN CHARGE AND THE AF MGR RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. AS FAR AS I KNOW, MINE HAS BEEN THE ONLY COMPLAINT TO THOSE OF AUTHORITY ABOUT THIS. I FEEL THERE WAS A SERIOUS DANGER HERE, BUT NO ONE HAS GIVEN ME A SATISFACTORY REPLY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.