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Talc dust and industrial hygiene survey at Plymouth Rubber Company, Canton, Massachusetts.

Authors
Dement-J
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, IWS 36-11a, 1972 Jan; :1-15
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NIOSHTIC No.
00106060
Abstract
Talc (14807966) exposures at the Plymouth Rubber Company (SIC-3069) in Canton, Massachusetts, was surveyed on April 26 and 27, and May 10, and 11, 1972. Personal and area air samples were collected primarily from the rubber band operation where 100 workers were employed and analyses were conducted to determine asbestos fiber (1332214) content, total dust, and free silica (7631869) (SiO2). Asbestos concentrations exceeded the OSHA standard of 5 fibers greater than 5 microns per cubic centimeter. All samples were above the OSHA standards for total dust and respirable dust concentrations of 6 and 3 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM), respectively. Fibrous talc and free SiO2 content also were in excess of OSHA standards. The authors recommend that a low SiO2 content talc be substituted for the one in present use and that talc be used sparingly. They also recommend improvements in ventilation and hygienic practices.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-1; Silicates; Rubber-industry; Dust-exposure; Dust-analysis; Air-sampling; Asbestos-dusts; Fibrous-bodies; Health-survey
CAS No.
14807-96-6; 1332-21-4; 7631-86-9
Publication Date
19720101
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1972
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
IWS-36-11a
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
SIC Code
3069
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA; OH
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