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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-105-831, Labels West, Inc., Redmond, Washington.

Authors
Apol-AG
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, HETA 81-105-831, 1981 Mar; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00116485
Abstract
Personal breathing zone air samples were analyzed for butyl- cellosolve (111762), ethyl-alcohol (64175), isopropyl-alcohol (67630), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), perchloroethylene (127184), chlorine (7782505), hydrogen-chloride (7647010), organic solvents, and phosgene (75445) at Labels West, Incorporated (SIC-2752), in Redmond, Washington on December 16 and 17, 1980. The owner of the facility requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately seven affected workers. Workers completed medical questionnaires. Measured chlorine concentrations of 3 parts per million (ppm) exceeded the OSHA standard of 1ppm. Hydrogen-chloride concentrations also exceeded the OSHA standard of 5 ppm. Other sampled chemicals were below OSHA standards. One pressman reported symptoms of headache, eye irritation, dry and constricted throat, tightness of the chest, and productive cough. The author notes that ventilation systems modifications have significantly reduced exposures to chlorine and hydrogen, and recommends additional ventilation modifications and work practices to further reduce exposure.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-105-831; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-10; Organic-solvents; Air-sampling; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Control-methods; Industrial-hygiene; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Commercial Printing-Labels; chlorine; hydrogen chloride; butyl cellosolve; ethyl alcohol; isopropyl alcohol; methyl ethyl ketone; percbloroethylene
CAS No.
111-76-2; 64-17-5; 67-63-0; 78-93-3; 127-18-4; 7782-50-5; 7647-01-0; 75-44-5
Publication Date
19810301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-214404
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-105-831
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2752
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA; OH
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