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Field Survey of Ionics, Inc., Watertown, Massachusetts.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1972 Apr:6 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00111156
Abstract
Worker exposures to bis(chloromethyl)ether (542881) (BCME) were surveyed at Ionics, Incorporated (SIC-2869) in Watertown, Massachusetts on April 26, 1972. The company employed 175 persons, and approximately 10 workers were involved in processes which used chloromethylether (542881) (CME). The CME processing was entirely closed with the exception of new CME drum attachment to the pump line which occurred twice a week. Protective clothing and equipment, preemployment examinations, on call services of a physician, and annual chest X-rays were provided by the company. A monitoring system was recently installed. The author concludes that the risk of CME exposure was minimal in this facility since control measures were improved, however, past exposures may have presented problems for some Ionics employees. The author recommends that a lung cancer mortality study be conducted among these workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-1; Work-operations; Safety-measures; Medical-examinations; IWS-33-12;
CAS No.
542-88-1; 542-88-1;
Publication Date
19720426
Fiscal Year
1972
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-150244
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
IWS-33-12
NIOSH Division
DFSCI;
SIC Code
2869;
Source Name
NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 pages
State
MA; OH;
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