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HHE report no. HHE-80-109-750, Beaver Shoe Company, Division of Kinney Shoe Corporation, Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Chrostek-WJ
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-109-750, 1980 Oct; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
00108442
Abstract
Environmental samples were analyzed for acetone (67641), methyl- ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK), toluene (108883), hexane (110543), and methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101) (MIBK) at the Beaver Shoe Company (SIC-3144) in Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania, on July 8 and 9, 1980. The evaluation was requested by an unspecified individual. Exposures to acetone, MEK, toluene, hexane, and MIBK did not exceed their respective individual OSHA standards of 2,400, 590, 750, 1,800, and 410 milligrams per cubic meter. Based on calculations for exposures to mixed organic solvents, acetone, MEK and toluene exposures exceeded acceptable limits. Exposures to a mixture of acetone, hexane, MIBK and toluene were within the acceptable limits. Workers reported health problems including dermatitis, mucous membrane irritations, headaches, and eye irritation. The authors conclude that a hazard exists due to organic solvent vapor exposure. They recommend the use of gloves and solvent labeling, improvements to the ventilation system, and establishment of a medical monitoring program for all exposed workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-109-750; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Air-contamination; Physiology; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Author Keywords: Womens footware; acetone; MEK; toluene; hexane; methyl isobutyl ketone; dermatitis; mucous membrane irritation; headache; unspecified symptoms
CAS No.
67-64-1; 78-93-3; 108-88-3; 110-54-3; 108-10-1
Publication Date
19801001
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-103177
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-80-109-750
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3144
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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