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HHE Report No. HHE-75-190-314, B-W Footwear Company, Inc. Webster, Massachusetts.

Authors
Rivera-RO
Source
NIOSH 1976 Jul:11 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00054449
Abstract
Measurements were performed in the air of a shoe producing plant (SIC-3143, SIC-3144) in order to determine the degree of exposure of employees to organic vapors emanating from materials used in cementing, spraying, and staining (SIC-3149) of shoes. Methyl-ethyl- ketone (78933) concentrations measured in adhesive applicators' breathing zones were greater than the safe exposure levels. Individual concentrations measured in other employee breathing zones were not considered to be unsafe, although on the basis of the threshold values for mixtures there was considerable unwarranted exposure. Other solvents involved included hexane (110543), acetone (67641), ethyl-acetate (141786), isopropanol (67630), ethanol (64175), toluene (108883), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), and butyl-acetate (123864). Medical questionnaires indicated that a number of workers experienced light headedness, eye irritation, nose and throat irritation, dry hands and even epistaxis. Recommendations are made for local exhaust system at specific work sites, as well as suitable hand protection by means of gloves.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; HHE-75-190-314; Region-1; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Shoe-factories; Industrial-plants; Industrial-hygiene; Air-quality-control; Exposure-limits; Control-measures; Toxicology; Air-quality-measurement; Nasal-disorders;
CAS No.
78-93-3; 110-54-3; 67-64-1; 141-78-6; 67-63-0; 64-17-5; 108-88-3; 108-10-1; 123-86-4;
Publication Date
19760701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1976
NTIS Accession No.
PB-263658
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-75-190-314
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3143; 3144; 3149;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-75-190-314, 11 pages, 6 references
State
OH;
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