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HHE report no. HHE-80-134-986, Pennex Pharmaceuticals, Verona, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Ferguson-R
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE-80-134-986, 1981 Oct; :1-20
NIOSHTIC No.
00119690
Abstract
Environmental, personal and bulk samples were analyzed for talc dust, asbestos (1332214) and free silica (7631869) at Pennex Pharmaceuticals (SIC-2834), in Verona, Pennsylvania, on October 30, 1980 and February 23, 1981. An employee requested the evaluation on behalf of about three affected employees. Sixty percent of the respirable personal and environmental air samples exceeded the OSHA standard of 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum) for nuisance particulates. Samples for respirable talc dust containing no fibers ranged from 0.14 to 1845mg/cum, compared with the OSHA standard of 5mg/cum. Talc analysis of the raw and finished products revealed that it was nonasbestiform, contained no cristobalite or tridymite, and contained less than 1 percent quartz. Two of seven workers interviewed reported mild pruritis in the neck and face or a dry cough. The author recommends several engineering modifications to increase the ventilation capacities and to reduce dust exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-134-986; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Asbestos-dusts; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Industrial-hygiene; Chemical-industry-workers; Author Keywords: talc; baby powder; respirable; nuisance
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 7631-86-9
Publication Date
19811015
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-178499
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
HHE-80-134-986
NIOSH Division
DRDS
SIC Code
2834
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; WV
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