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HHE report: HETA-80-125-1180, Timber Lake Manufacturing, Alton, New Hampshire.

Authors
McManus-KP
Source
NIOSH 1982 Sep; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00129882
Abstract
Employee complaints of sore throats, eye and nose irritation, headaches, itching skin, and excessive fatigue at the Timber Lake Manufacturing Corporation (SIC-2329 and SIC-2339), Alton, New Hampshire were investigated. Twenty-two employees, mostly from the stitching shop, registered the majority of the complaints. The study was requested by management and environmental measurements were performed between May and August, 1980. Complaints had occurred after the manufacturing building had been flooded with raw sewage. Symptoms began 2 days after the sewage had been treated with a disinfectant. Trace amounts of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), hexachloroethane (67721), and various alkanes were found. The author concludes that the causative agent responsible for employee complaints could not be identified. The author suggests that the source of the medical complaints was unrelated to the work site or the manufacturing process. This determination was made since symptoms disappeared after the company relocated. The chemicals used to treat the sewage spill probably caused the employee complaints.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Disinfectants; Cleaning-compounds; Waste-disposal; Neurotoxic-effects; Skin-irritants; Respiratory-irritants; HETA-80-125-1180; Region-1; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report
CAS No.
71-55-6; 67-72-1
Publication Date
19820901
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-148402
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-80-125-1180
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Neurotoxic Disorders; Neurotoxic-effects
SIC Code
2329; 2339
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 13 pages, 6 references
State
NH; OH
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