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HETA Report No. TA-79-32, Xomox Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Tharr-DG
Source
NIOSH 1979 Aug:10 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091542
Abstract
Employee interviews were conducted, work practices were observed, and ventilation systems were inspected at the Plastic Department of the Xomox Corporation (SIC-3079) in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 30 and July 24, 1979. The evaluations were requested by the company's Safety Coordinator to determine if employee reports of polymer fume fever were due to exposure to decomposition products of Teflon fluorocarbon polymer (9002840). Because of the variety of products generated by fluorocarbon polymer decomposition, no sampling or analysis techniques were considered adequate, and no evaluation criteria for exposure levels exist. Results from employee interviews show that six of 15 workers experienced symptoms which they attributed to the work environment and three others reported some symptoms, including fever, chills, respiratory difficulties, and headaches. It is concluded that only the stripping operations area can be identified as a definite exposure area. It is recommended that a no smoking rule be enforced in all areas where polymers are handled and processed. Recommendations also are made for routine medical examinations, engineering controls to improve ventilation, use of respirators, and workplace hygiene.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-79-32; Region-5; Occupational-exposure; Hazard-Confirmed; Medical-screening; Industrial-organic-chemicals;
CAS No.
9002-84-0;
Publication Date
19790801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-149602
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
TA-79-32
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3079;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. TA-79-32, 10 pages, 4 references
State
OH;
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