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HHE Evaluation, Report No. HHE-77-74-720, Ottenheimer and Sons, Inc., Dawson, Springs, Kentucky.

Authors
Frederick-L
Source
NIOSH 1980 Jul:8 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00102822
Abstract
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on June 22 and 23, 1977, and March 13, 1978, to evaluate reports of skin and eye irritation and loss of fingernails among employees working with formaldehyde (50000) containing textiles at Ottenheimer and Sons, Incorporated (SIC-2337), in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. The evaluation was requested by an officer of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Airborne concentrations of formaldehyde ranged from 0.13 to 0.57 parts per million (ppm), below the OSHA standard of 3.0 ppm. The latent formaldehyde concentrations in four fabric samples decreased by 86 to 91 percent 3 weeks after the initial determination. Workers reported eye, respiratory tract, and skin irritation, and rashes, and one worker suffered loss of the fingernails. The pattern of skin irritation and rash was different from that usually found in formaldehyde dermatitis. The author concludes that although all measurements were below recommended standards, workers may have been exposed to irritating concentrations of formaldehyde. She recommends that the fabrics be sufficiently aired before being handled.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-74-720; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Health-surveys; Eye-irritants; Skin-disorders; Health-protection; Sampling; Workplace-studies; Medical-examinations; Safety-measures;
CAS No.
50-00-0;
Publication Date
19800701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-170904
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-77-74-720
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
2337;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-77-74-720, 8 pages, 7 references
State
KY; OH;
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