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HHE determination report no. HHE-75-150-378, Reinell Boats, Inc., Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Authors
Rosensteel-RE; Meyer-CR
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 75-150-378, 1977 Apr; :1-53
NIOSHTIC No.
00069932
Abstract
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation consisting of a combined environmental-medical study encompassing an initial survey and two follow up evaluations, was conducted by NIOSH at the Reinell Boats plant (SIC-3732), Poplar Bluff, Missouri, a facility engaged in the manufacture of fiberglass boats, between November 1975 and April 1976. An authorized employee representative requested the investigation for worker exposure to chemicals causing eye burning, nose and throat irritation, headaches and respiratory irritation. A total of 22 affected workers employed in lamination were evaluated through questionnaires and physical examination and 27 more were interviewed and examined. Environmental assessment was accomplished by measuring airborne exposures to organic vapors, methylene- bisphenyl-isocyanate, and compounds containing cobalt (7440484); observing work practices; and evaluating spray booth ventilation. In the lamination areas, the workers were primarily exposed to styrene (100425), with less significant exposure to acetone (67641) and methylene-chloride (75092). A toxic exposure to workers was identified in the lamination areas, manifested by a marked increase of upper respiratory irritation symptoms. Respiratory function tests of smokers employed in lamination revealed increased incidence of reduced maximum mid-expiratory flow rate values. There was also evidence of dermatitis related to direct contact with solvents in lamination workers. Recommendations are made for medical and environmental control of conditions at this plant.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-75-150-378; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-7; Air-quality-measurement; Toxic-chemicals; Industrial-plants; Eye-irritation; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Toxicology; Preventive-medicine; Control-measures; Chlorinated-methanes; Heavy-metals; Air-sampling; Skin-disorders; Cyanates; Ketones; Author Keywords: organic vapors; methylene bisphenyl isocyanate; cobalt; styrene; upper respiratory irritation; pulmonary function; dermatitis
CAS No.
7440-48-4; 100-42-5; 67-64-1; 75-09-2
Publication Date
19770401
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-181465
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
HHE-75-150-378
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3732
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO; OH
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