Walk-Through Survey Report of Exposure to Estrogens at Wyeth Laboratories, Paoli, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:10 pages
Worker exposures to estrogens were surveyed at Wyeth Laboratories (SIC-2833) in Paoli, Pennsylvania, on August 23, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational estrogen exposure. Approximately 350 of the employees were involved on an intermittent basis with the production of oral contraceptives. The company had a formal safety and industrial hygiene program with medical services furnished by a part time physician and two full time nurses. Examination of company personnel records by NIOSH investigators was not reported. Work practices and engineering controls suppressed dust in the manufacturing and working areas. Personal protective equipment worked well. Hazardous processes were insulated. The authors conclude that this facility is suitable for an in-depth industrial hygiene and medical survey due to the relatively large number of workers exposed to estrogen and the frequency of estrogenic manufacturing and processing. They do not recommend this workforce for a mortality study because of the relatively short period of estrogen production.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; IWS-85-18;
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NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Industry-wide Studies Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages