HHE Report No. HHE-80-023-804, Becton-Dickinson Company, Columbus, Nebraska.
NIOSH 1981 Jan:14 pages
Employee interviews and environmental measurements were conducted at the Becton-Dickinson Company (SIC-3841) in Columbus, Nebraska on November 29 through December 1, 1979. Management of the company requested the evaluation to assess the effect of a new type of glass, used in hypodermic syringe manufacture, on the respiratory tract of employees. Six area air samples and personal air samples of 47 employees were collected and analyzed. Concentrations of antimony (7440360), cerium (7440451) and stilbene (588590) were 1 percent of the NIOSH recommended, maximum concentrations of 0.5 and 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum) and 50 parts per million, respectively. Total particulate matter was between 10 and 50 percent of the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) standard of 10mg/cu m. Employee interviews revealed no reported symptoms on the days of evaluation. Respiratory symptoms reported during a previous run using the new glass were related to smoking habits and geographic location of the job site. The authors conclude that no health hazards exist from antimony or cerium-oxide generated during manufacture of syringes at the company. They recommend that if the new glass is reintroduced into production, management should submit a follow up request to NIOSH for another on site evaluation.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-023-804; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-7; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Ceramics; Glass-manufacturing-industry; Worker-health;
7440-36-0; 7440-45-1; 588-59-0;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages, 6 references