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HHE Report No. HETA-82-280-1407, Hoover Company, North Canton, Ohio.

Authors
Hartle-R; Aw-T-C
Source
NIOSH 1984 Jan; :1-32
NIOSHTIC No.
00149672
Abstract
Worker exposures were investigated in April 1983 at the Hoover Company (SIC-3630), North Canton, Ohio. The evaluation was requested by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1985. Area and personal air samples for numerous contaminants were collected and nonionizing radiation levels were measured. Respiratory questionnaires and pulmonary function tests were given to 48 foundry workers exposed to aluminum (7429905) dust and fumes, and general medical questionnaires and blood tests for methyl-ethyl- ketone (78933) (MEK) were given to 10 exposed workers. Significant exposures were found for asbestos (1332214) in the commutator machining operation area, with concentrations ranging from 0.04 to 1.88 fibers per cubic centimeter (cc); oil mist in the foundry area at 0.28 to 15.3 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), and perchloroethylene (127184) at the degreaser area at 40.9 to 250mg/m3; OSHA standards are 5 fibers/cc, 15mg/m3, and 679mg/m3, respectively. No respiratory symptoms or pulmonary function disorders were identified in the foundry workers, and MEK was detected in the blood of only one worker at 1.4 micrograms per milliliter. The authors conclude that potential health hazards exist for asbestos, oil mist, and perchloroethylene exposures. They recommend improved ventilation, good personal and workplace hygiene practices, and proper chemical storage.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Electrical-industry; Region-5; Asbestos-fibers; Occupational-exposure; Oil-mists; Chlorinated-ethylenes; Foundry-workers; HETA-82-280-1407
CAS No.
7429-90-5; 78-93-3; 1332-21-4; 127-18-4
Publication Date
19840101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-179356
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-82-280-1407
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3630
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-280-1407, 32 pages, 21 references
State
OH
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