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Survey of Columbus Coated Fabrics, Newark, California.

Authors
Bierbaum-PJ
Source
NIOSH 1973 Nov; :1-9
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00106831
Abstract
The incidence of peripheral neuropathy and worker exposures to industrial solvents were determined at Columbus Coated Fabrics (SIC- 2295) in Newark, California, on October 2, 1973. The facility employed about 135 workers. Air samples were collected and analyzed for methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), methyl-n-butyl-ketone (591786), hexane (110543), toluene (108883), and xylene (1330207). None of the solvent air concentrations approached the OSHA eight hour time weighted average standards, except in areas where printing equipment was cleaned with a solvent; this area had an MEK concentration of 174 parts per million (ppm) compared with the OSHA standard of 200ppm. Electromyogram tests on 32 employees were negative. The author concludes that no occupational hazard of peripheral neuropathy exists. He notes that a detailed industrial hygiene survey does not appear necessary, although an epidemiological study might be worthwhile.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Coated-fabrics; Region-9; Textiles-industry; Coatings; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-processes; Medical-examinations; Health-surveys; IWS-47-14; Ketones; Hexanes; Xylenes; Toluenes
CAS No.
78-93-3; 108-10-1; 591-78-6; 110-54-3; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7
Publication Date
19731106
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1974
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-229601
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
IWS-47-14
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
SIC Code
2295
Source Name
NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, Environmental Investigations Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 pages, 1 reference
State
CA; OH
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