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HHE determination report no. HHE-79-48-626, Lever Brothers Company, Pagedale, Missouri.

Authors
Hervin-R; Donohue-M; Peter-R
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 79-48-626, 1979 Oct; :1-28
NIOSHTIC No.
00092420
Abstract
On April 9 through 12, 1979, employees were given medical interviews and examinations, and environmental samples were analyzed to evaluate complaints of dermatitis, dizziness, and soreness of mucous membranes during detergent manufacturing operations at Lever Brothers Company, (SIC-2844) Pagedale, Missouri. An unidentified individual requested the evaluation on behalf of 28 affected employees. Results of environmental sampling and determination of total and respirable dusts, and of alkaline in the form of sodium- carbonate (497198) and bicarbonate (144558), indicated respirable dust concentrations of 0.1 to 0.6 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cu m) which were well below the OSHA standard of 5.0mg/cu m. Most dusts were in the large particulate or granular, nonrespirable range, but presented contamination problems on hair, skin, and clothing. Sodium-carbonate and sodium-bicarbonate concentrations were 11.13 and 2.89mg/cu m, respectively. Physical examinations confirmed the validity of the workers' complaints. The authors conclude that environmental conditions at this company were potentially toxic and recommend evaluation and modification of the current engineering controls and respiratory protection program, introduction of an improved education program, continued development and enforcement of health and safety programs, prevention of heat stress, and improved maintenance.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-48-626; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-7; Soap-and-other-detergents; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Industrial-factory-workers; Medical-examinations; Physiological-response; Skin-disorders; Airborne-contaminants; Environmental-contamination; Respiratory-protection; Author Keywords: detergent manufacturing; total particulate; boron; alkaline products; skin irritation; mucous membrane irritation; rash
CAS No.
497-19-8; 144-55-8
Publication Date
19791001
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-195282
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-79-48-626
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2844
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO; OH
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