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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-30-1184, Medalist-Gladiator Athletic Products Company, Leesburg, Florida.

Authors
Lee-S; Murphy-D
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 82-30-1184, 1982 Sep; :1-16
NIOSHTIC No.
00129608
Abstract
Possible exposure to organic solvents in the manufacture of athletic equipment at Medalist Gladiator Athletic Company (SIC-3949), Leesburg, Florida was investigated. The study was requested by employees and was conducted on February 17 and 18, 1982. The facility employs about 120 workers. Environmental sampling and employee interviews were conducted. Two Dip Room workers were overexposed to total solvent vapor mixtures. These mixtures were composed of methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK) at concentrations of 720 and 580 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) (NIOSH standard: 590mg/m3); toluene (108883) at concentrations of 230 and 130mg/m3 (below NIOSH standard); and methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101) (MIBK) at concentrations of 110 and 60mg/m3 (also below NIOSH standard). All 32 workers interviewed reported at least one work related symptom. Complaints included dryness, itching and skin irritation, eye irritation, headaches, and dizziness. The authors conclude that Dip Room workers were exposed to a health hazard from mixtures of MEK, MIBK, and toluene. The authors recommend that until the Dip Room process can become fully automated, workers must strictly observe the respirator program.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Sporting-and-athletic-goods; Neurotoxic-effects; Ketones; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Solvents; HETA-82-30-1184; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Sporting Goods Manufacturing; organic solvents; methyl ethyl ketone; MEK; methyl isobutyl ketone; MIBK; toluene; solvent mixtures; skin irritation; mucous membrane irritation; neurological effects
CAS No.
78-93-3; 108-88-3; 108-10-1
Publication Date
19820901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-150036
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-30-1184
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3949
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
FL; OH
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