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Industrial Hygiene Report Walk-through Survey of Toluene at Dr.Scholl Shoe Company, Falmouth, Kentucky.

Authors
Zerwas-MA
Source
NIOSH 1979 Jan:.21 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00106136
Abstract
Occupational exposure to toluene (108883) was determined and the feasibility of a mortality and industrial hygiene study was evaluated at the Dr. Scholl Shoe Company (SIC-314) at Falmouth, Kentucky on December 14, 1978. This facility used toluene (108883) based adhesives, including neoprene (9010984) and urethane (51796) cements, and employed 435 workers. Threshold limit value sniffer measurements were taken near cementers and cleaners and at locations suspected of having high toluene concentrations. Concentrations ranged from 40 to 420 parts per million (ppm) and a background concentration was found almost everywhere. Concentrations of 240 to 600ppm of methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) were found in the packing department and neoprene concentrations of 80 to 200ppm were found in the heel and arch lift departments. Samples of toluene concentrations collected on Draeger tubes were between 45 and 100ppm Grab by samples ranged from 23 to 60 milligrams per cubic meter. The author concludes that concentrations of toluene and total hydrocarbons could be higher for 8 hour time weighted averages than those obtained through directly reading instruments and would indicate toluene concentrations at or below 100ppm. However, since this facility began manufacturing in 1970 it is doubtful if records could be obtained from the Cincinnati facility dating back to 1946 and hence it may not be feasible to include this facility in a cohort mortality study.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-76-0162; IWS-103-15; Region-4; Occupational-exposure; Organic-solvents; Mortality-rates; Industrial-hygiene; Threshold-limit-values; Workplace-studies; Work-operations; Air-contamination; Shoe-manufacturing;
CAS No.
108-88-3; 108-88-3; 9010-98-4; 51-79-6; 78-93-3;
Publication Date
19790123
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-231359
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
IWS-103-15
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
314;
Source Name
NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
KY; OH;
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