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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-046-914, Consolidated Printing Ink Company, Inc., West St. Paul, Minnesota.

Authors
Stephenson-RL; Jannerfeldt-E
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 80-046-914, 1981 Aug; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
00118857
Abstract
Worker exposures to various chemicals were surveyed on January 24 and 25 and May 7 and 8, 1980 at Consolidated Printing Ink Company (SIC-2893) in West St. Paul, Minnesota. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union on behalf of 59 production workers who reported various nonspecific health problems. Breathing zone and area air samples were analyzed for a wide variety of compounds. Concentrations of ethyl-acetate (141786), ethyl-alcohol (64175), isopropyl-alcohol (67630), methyl-alcohol (67561), methyl-ethyl- ketone (78933), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), nuisance particulates, and sodium-hydroxide (1310732) were within respective permissible exposure limits of 1400, 1900, 984, 262, 590, 200, 840, 375, 434, 10, and 2 milligrams per cubic meter. Of the 52 workers questioned, symptoms of headache, nausea, and eye irritation occurred during operation of the ultraviolet ink manufacturing process. The authors conclude that many of the compounds could have caused the workers' symptoms, even though no excessive exposures exist. Recommendations for reducing the chemical exposures are included.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-046-914; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Industrial-factory-workers; Physiology; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Tolerance-threshold; Clinical-symptoms; Author Keywords: Printing Inks; ethyl acetate; ethyl alcohol; methyl alcohol; methyl ethyl ketone; n-propyl acetate; toluene; xylene
CAS No.
141-78-6; 64-17-5; 67-63-0; 67-56-1; 78-93-3; 108-10-1; 78-93-3; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 1310-73-2
Publication Date
19810801
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-106278
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-80-046-914
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2893
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN; OH
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