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HHE report, no. TA-77-81, Package Machinery Company, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Authors
Pryor-P
Source
NIOSH 1978 Jul; :1-20
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00129462
Abstract
Worker exposure to hazardous substances were evaluated on November 17, 1977 at Package Machinery Company (SIC-3551) in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The evaluation was requested by a company representative on behalf of about 400 production workers. General and personal air samples were collected in seven different work areas, and analyzed for various solvents, gases, and dusts. Workers completed symptom questionnaires. Workplace ventilation also was assessed. Air concentrations of free silica (14808607) (quartz) and cristobalite (14464461), total particulates, toluene (108883), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), iron-oxide (1309371), manganese (7439965), chromic-acid (7738945) and chromates, and carbon-monoxide (630080) were assessed. Concentrations were found to be below respective evaluation standards of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), 30mg/m3 divided by the percentage of quartz plus 2, 10mg/m3, 375mg/m3, 590mg/m3, 5.0mg/m3, 5.0mg/m3 (ceiling), 0.5mg/m3, and 35 parts per million. None of the workers reported job related health problems. Ventilation systems were not within design specifications for the polishing/buffing, dipping tank, and chrome plating exhaust systems. The author concludes that no hazardous chemical exposures exist. He recommends ventilation improvements, use of personal protective equipment, retesting at selected work sites, and establishment of a Material Safety Data Sheet file.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Machine-operators; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-safety; Safety-measures; Worker-health; TA-77-81; Region-1
CAS No.
14808-60-7; 14464-46-1; 108-88-3; 78-93-3; 1309-37-1; 7439-96-5; 7738-94-5; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19780701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-176264
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-77-81
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3551
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 20 pages, 11 references
State
MA; OH
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