HHE Report No. HHE-79-149-758 at American Can Company, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1980 Oct:24 pages
Environmental samples were analyzed for nuisance dust and isopropyl- alcohol (67630) and aldehyde vapors; infrared radiation was measured; and medical interviews were conducted with affected workers at the American Can Company (SIC-2654) in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, from March 11 to 13, 1980. The evaluation was requested by the Chambersburg Printing Specialists and Paper Products Union on behalf of an unspecified number of employers. Thirteen of the 20 employees interviewed complained of eye problems and 6 complained about dust. Concentrations of dust ranged from 0.22 to 0.84 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM), which was less than the OSHA evaluation criteria of 15mg/CuM. Concentrations of isopropyl- alcohol ranged from 193 to 422mg/CuM, which was below the OSHA standard of 980mg/CuM. Maximum irradiance on one press was 3 times greater than values recorded at 4.8 meters on the floor. The total irradiance on the catwalk of another press was 5.9 milliwatts per square centimeter (mW/cm2) and the maximum luminance was 10,000 femtolumens. Infrared irradiance levels were below 10mW/cm2, which is the proposed American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists guideline for cataract induction. Concentrations of aldehydes did not exceed the evaluation criteria of 1.2mg/CuM of air sampled proposed by NIOSH. The authors conclude that no hazard exists as a result of exposure to nuisance dust, isopropyl-alcohol and aldehydes, but there is a real potential for the infrared dryers to cause dry lips and eyes. They recommend that infrared dryers be provided with additional shielding, and that exposed workers be provided with protection and be given eye examinations.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-79-149-758; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Health-surveys; Dust-exposure; Radiation-exposure; Air-sampling; Worker-health;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluation and Field Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio, 24 pages, 6 references