Medical Student Occupational Health Projects: Occupational Health in a Nitroglycerin Plant.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:154-155
An investigation of occupational health problems at a nitroglycerin (55630) manufacturing facility in Arizona is described. The investigator interviewed former employees and collected reports of severe headaches, high blood pressure, and problems not directly related to exposure. Many workers were reluctant or refused to talk for fear of jeopardizing their jobs, and a general feeling prevailed that management knew about unhealthful conditions but was unwilling to do anything. Attempts to gain access to employee records were unsuccessful. An interview with the safety engineer revealed that he was unaware of acceptable exposures for nitroglycerin or of its effects on humans, and a consultation with the company's physician of reference also was unproductive. The author concludes that management considered that the health of its workers was unimportant.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Medical-screening; Occupational-health; Explosives; Environmental-hazards; Hazardous-materials; Occupational-medicine;
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio