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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-116-1570, Essex Group, Incorporated, Vincennes, Indiana.

Authors
Moseley-CL; Handke-JL
Source
NIOSH 1985 Mar; :1-25
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00152223
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for toluene- diisocyanate (26471625), cresol (1319773), phenol (108952), dimethyl- terephthalate (120616), and copper (7440508) fumes at Essex Magnet Wire and Insulation, Incorporated (SIC-3643), Vincennes, Indiana, in March and September, 1983. The survey was requested by the union to evaluate employee reports of skin and respiratory problems. Questionnaires were administered to 41 employees from one shift in the enamel department. Hair and nail samples from 14 employees were obtained for copper analysis. The concentrations of all substances were below their relevant standards. Symptoms reported on the questionnaire included shortness of breath, chronic cough and phlegm production, eye and throat irritation, dizziness, and headache. The prevalence of symptoms, however, was not significantly greater in workers exposed to oven emissions than in unexposed workers. Hair and nail samples were not analyzed because of the low copper concentrations found. The authors conclude that no exposures in excess of currently accepted workplace limits occurred at the facility. The reported symptoms could not be correlated with specific exposures or work areas. Recommendations include offering medical examinations to all employees exposed to isocyanates and prompt clean up of spills.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Electrical-industry; Region-5; Skin-absorption; Breathing; Inhalants; Sensitization; HETA-83-116-1570
CAS No.
26471-62-5; 1319-77-3; 108-95-2; 120-61-6; 7440-50-8
Publication Date
19850301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-120383
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-116-1570
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3643
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-116-1570, 25 pages, 13 references
State
IN; OH
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