HHE Report No. HETA-82-132-1406, Huntington Alloys, Inc., Huntington, West Virginia.
Worker health complaints at Huntington Alloys Incorporated (SIC- 8321), Huntington, West Virginia were investigated in April 1982 and January 1983. The evaluation was requested by three workers on behalf of office employees who complained of headache, nausea, dizziness, glandular swelling, fever, facial lesions, and numbness of the hands. In April, environmental air and wipe samples were collected, and radiation levels were measured. In January, the ventilation system was evaluated, and workers completed medical questionnaires. Cadmium (7440439), magnesium (7439954), sodium (7440235), zinc (7440666), xylene (1330207), limonene (138863), toluene (108883), terpinene (8013001), dimethyloctane (63335886), and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol (104767) were detected; however, concentrations were all less than 1 percent of the respective environmental standards. Several metals, including nickel (7440020) and lead (7439921), were found in wipe samples; concentrations were greatest in samples taken from the basement heating and air conditioning room. Radiation levels were not significant. Only 5 of 75 employees reported any work related health symptoms, but an earlier company survey reported symptoms in 25 workers. The authors conclude that no health hazard presently exists; however, it is possible that a hazard existed in the past. Maintenance and improvements to the ventilation system are recommended.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-132-1406, 13 pages, 7 references