HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-77-39-400, Fisher Body No. 2 Plant Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on March 16-17, 1977, at the departments of the Fisher Body No. 2 Plant, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the sewing of seat covers and interior carpets for automobiles (SIC-2399) takes place. The evaluation was prompted by a request from an authorized employee representative regarding the exposure of approximately 100 affected employees to Typar, a material containing tris-2,3-dibromopropyl- phosphate (126727), and alleged cases of nausea, bitter taste, headache, sore throat, watering eyes and itching. Environmental sampling revealed that a potential hazard exists due to employees exposure to tris-2,3-dibromopropyl-phosphate, which has been also found on the white gloves worn by some employees, on swipe samples taken on employee's hands and on the sewing machine tables, in dust samples collected around the sewing machine needles, and seven of ten breathing zone air samples collected on employees. Since the compound is a suspect carcinogen for man and environmental conditions have not been sufficiently defined to assign a safe exposure level, the presence of the material in the workplace alone indicated a potential health hazard and it is recommended that a substitute be found.
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-77-39-400, 8 pages, 4 references