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HHE Report No. HETA-83-131-1412, Midwest Foundry, Coldwater, Michigan.

Authors
Ruhe-RL; Anderson-K
Source
NIOSH 1984 Jan; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00149665
Abstract
Worker exposures to methylene-bisphenyl-isocyanate (101688) (MDI), 4,4'-methylenedianiline (101779) (MDA), dimethylethylamine (124403) (DME), and methylene-chloride (75092) (MC) were investigated in March and June 1983 at Midwest Foundry (SIC-3321), Coldwater, Michigan. Evaluation was requested by the International Molders and Allied Workers Union, Local 118, on behalf of workers involved in the No Bake Process in the core room of the foundry. Personal and area air samples were collected, and 10 employees completed health symptom questionnaires. No MDI was detected, and the highest MDA concentration measured was 0.08 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists standard for MDA is 800microg/m3. DME concentrations ranged from 1 to 45.9 milligrams (mg)/m3; no exposure standard exists for this chemical. MC concentrations ranged up to 2.5mg/m3, compared to the NIOSH standard of 261mg/m3. None of the workers reported consistent health symptoms associated with work, but several reported momentary sensations of breathlessness or choking when working around storage drums in the No Bake area; the workers held their breath during the process. The authors conclude that no health hazards exist at this facility. They recommend good personal hygiene and work practices, labeling of chemical containers, and worker education concerning chemical exposure symptoms.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Foundries; Air-contamination; Respiratory-irritants; Solvent-vapors; Organic-chemicals; HETA-83-131-1412
CAS No.
101-68-8; 101-77-9; 124-40-3; 75-09-2
Publication Date
19840101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-181220
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-131-1412
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3321
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-131-1412, 12 pages, 12 references
State
MI; OH
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