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HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-77-18-415, Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, PA.

Authors
Straub-WE; Nelson-B
Source
NIOSH 1977 Aug:8 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00099459
Abstract
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on January 19, 1977, and April 11 and 12, 1977 to evaluate worker complaints of upper respiratory tract irritation at the Franklin Mint (SIC-3479) in Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. The evaluation was requested by an authorized employee representative on behalf of approximately 30 affected employees. Environmental sampling indicated detectable concentrations of xylene (1330207) and toluene (108883) in the spray paint and lacquer application area, a faint ozone odor from colight photo engraving equipment, and food odors from the cafeteria. Area air bag and impinger samples indicated that concentrations of 1,1,2- trichloro-1,2,2-trifluoroethane (76131), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) and methanol (67561) were within the acceptable limits. Physical examinations were consistent with the workers' reported symptoms. One incident of irritation coincided with the breakdown of a major ventilation system. Another incident coincided with a week of mandatory overtime and odors emanating from a nearby tarring operation. The authors conclude that no apparent health hazard existed at the time of the evaluation. They suggest that the respiratory conditions may have resulted from exposure to a number of contaminants at low concentrations rather than to one contaminant. The authors recommend that the programs of periodic environmental and health monitoring be continued, and that sudden demands for long periods of mandatory overtime be avoided.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-18-415; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Coating-engraving-metals; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Respiratory-system-disorders; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Industrial-processes; Clinical-symptoms; Work-scheduling; Humans;
CAS No.
1330-20-7; 108-88-3; 76-13-1; 71-55-6; 67-56-1;
Publication Date
19770801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-166318
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-77-18-415
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
3479;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-77-18-415, 8 pages
State
PA; OH;
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