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HHE Report No. HETA-81-465-1323, Hopkins Agricultural Chemical Company, Atlanta, Illinois.

Authors
Daniels-WJ; Orris-P
Source
NIOSH 1983 Jun:12 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00134349
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organophosphates at the Hopkins Agricultural Chemical Company (SIC- 2879). Atlanta, Illinois in January, November, and December, 1982. The survey was requested by a company representative to assess employee exposure during formulation and packaging of Counter (13071799) (terbufos). Breathing zone samples taken during production showed organophosphate concentrations of 0.017 to 0.133 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). Concentrations were 0.116, and stackers, respectively. Analysis of wipe samples showed no contamination in the lunch room or locker room. There is no current federal standard for exposure to terbufos. Confidential medical questionnaires were given to the formulator and packing employees and company records of the red blood cell cholinesterase concentrations were reviewed. One employee's cholinesterase concentration had fallen below 70 percent of baseline and two employees reported work related health problems. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard exists. They recommended that ventilation of the packaging line be improved and contamination in the formulation control room be reduced.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Employee-exposure; Industrial-ventilation; Industrial-medicine; Air-sampling; HETA-81-465-1323;
CAS No.
13071-79-9;
Publication Date
19830601
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-100980
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-465-1323
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
2879;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-81-465-1323, 12 pages, 6 references
State
IL; OH;
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