HHE Report No. HETA-84-089-1505, Pratt And Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut.
NIOSH 1984 Sep:20 pages
Environmental samples were analyzed for carbon-monoxide (630080) at Pratt and Whitney Company (SIC-3724), East Hartford, Connecticut in February, 1984. The survey was requested by the employees to evaluate diesel exposure from truck wells and areas where machinery was being moved. Employees were concerned about a blue fume surrounding these areas which reportedly caused respiratory and irritative symptoms. Carbon-monoxide was used as a relative indicator of diesel fume exposure. Seventy six employees were interviewed and completed medical questionnaires. All carbon- monoxide concentrations were below the OSHA standard of 50 parts per million. Employees exposed to diesel fumes experienced a higher incidence of shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing than those not exposed. It was noted that employees in a department, adjacent to one of the truck wells where methylethylketone (78933) was a major contaminant had an increased incidence of cough, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, and fatigue. The authors conclude that the occurrence of respiratory symptoms indicates at least intermittent effects from exposure to diesel fumes. Some symptoms reported are due to methylethylketone. They recommend strictly enforcing company rules against pop starting of diesel trucks and for prevention of fumes from the truck wells from entering the work areas.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-1; Diesel-exhausts; Machine-operation; Equipment-operators; Toxic-vapors; HETA-84-089-1505;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-089-1505, 20 pages, 2 references