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HHE Report No. HETA-81-040-1315, Dole Pineapple Corporation, Lanai, Hawaii.

Authors
Coye-MJ; Albrecht-WB; Whorton-D; Morgan-R
Source
NIOSH 1983 May:17 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00134350
Abstract
An evaluation of the residual health effects of exposure to dibromochloropropane (96128) (DBCP) was conducted among the workers at a plantation of the Dole Pineapple Company (SIC-0179) on the island of Lanai, Hawaii in February 1981. The request for an evaluation was made by the workers out of concern for possible health effects resulting from exposure to DBCP which occurred 6 months earlier. Only a medical survey was conducted as the company was no longer using DBCP. Thirty exposed and 31 nonexposed workers were interviewed, had physical examinations, and gave semen samples for sperm counts and morphology studies. The median sperm count of the exposed and nonexposed workers was almost identical. No significant differences in sperm morphology and cumulative sperm count were seen between the two groups. There was no correlation between the frequency of oligospermia and either DBCP exposure or length of employment in the pineapple industry. The authors conclude that no adverse reactions occurred from exposure to DBCP, although the representativeness of the participants in the survey is uncertain. There are no recommendations since DBCP is no longer used at the plantation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-9; Employee-exposure; Medical-examinations; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-medicine; HETA-81-040-1315;
CAS No.
96-12-8;
Publication Date
19830501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-210863
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-81-040-1315
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-81-040-1315, 17 pages, 16 references
State
HI; OH;
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