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HHE Report No. HETA-83-276-1499, Charlie's Taxidermy And Gifts, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Kronoveter-KJ; Boiano-JM
Source
NIOSH 1984 Aug; :1-19
NIOSHTIC No.
00146780
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organic solvents, asbestos (1332214), arsenic (7440382), polyurethane (9009545), borax (1303964), a proprietary preservative, and inert dusts at Charlie's Taxidermy and Gifts (SIC-7699), Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, in October, 1983. The evaluation was requested by the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Taxidermy Association because of concern of the taxidermists being exposed to organic solvents and chemical agents. Work practices were observed. All organic solvent vapor concentrations were below evaluation criteria except in one instance where a taxidermist was exposed to 210 parts per million (ppm) toluene (108883) while using a hand held dryer on solvent soaked pheasant skins. The OSHA standard for toluene is 200ppm. Borax, polyurethane, and proprietary preservative dust concentrations were below the relevant standards. Two paper mache samples contained chrysotile asbestos (12001295) and a liquid preservative was found to contain formaldehyde (50000). Arsenic was not found in the bulk samples. Improper work practices such as getting hands wet with solvents and eating and drinking in work areas were observed. The authors conclude that the taxidermists are not overexposed to organic solvents and chemical agents. Recommendations include substituting less toxic substances, installing a forced draft ventilation system, and improving work practices.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Animal-products; Region-3; Organic-chemicals; Air-quality-measurement; Respirable-dust; HETA-83-276-1499
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 7440-38-2; 9009-54-5; 1303-96-4; 108-88-3; 12001-29-5; 50-00-0
Publication Date
19840801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-220309
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-276-1499
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
7699
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-276-1499, 19 pages
State
PA; OH
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