HETA, Report No. HHE-78-72-618, Kentile Floors, In., South Plainfield, New Jersey.
In response to a request from an authorized employee representative from Kentile Floors, Incorporated (SIC-3292), South Plainfield, New Jersey, air sampling, medical interviews and evaluations, a review of the company's respirator program, observations of employee work practices, and a materials review were conducted on June 28 and 29, and October 11 and 12, 1978 to assess possible exposures to vinyl- chloride-monomer (75014), dyes, and pigments. The company employed 275 workers and 50 were considered to be affected. Personal and area air samples were collected at various sites throughout the facility, and were analyzed for concentrations of carbon-black (1333864), benzene, (71432), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, mineral spirits, (8032324), methyl-chloroform (71556), barium (7440393), cadmium (7440439), lead (7439921), and total nuisance particulates. Bulk samples were analyzed for talc (14807966) and carbon-black. Two inorganic lead samples exceeded the OSHA standard of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum). Four total nuisance particulate samples exceeded the OSHA standard of 15.0mg/cum. Concentrations for all other contaminants were below the OSHA recommended criteria. No medical evidence of work related illness was detected at the facility. Recommendations were made by NIOSH to improve workplace hygiene and employee work habits, and for periodic inspection and maintenance of engineering controls.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 24 pages, 11 references