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Industrywide studies report of an industrial hygiene survey at the Clermont Sun, Batavia, Ohio, report no. IWS-77-37.

Authors
Hills-B
Source
NIOSH 1986 Jun; :1-32
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00163299
Abstract
A walk through survey was conducted at Clermont Sun (SIC-2752), Batavia, Ohio, a typical small scale newspaper company employing less than 30 persons, to determine if pressroom employees were exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alkylated PAHs, and nitrated PAHs. The black newsprint ink was suspected of containing these compounds. The publishing company prints by the lithographic process. Air samples collected in the pressroom revealed no detectable levels of PAHs. The lithographic or offset press does not achieve the printing speed required to generate an ink aerosol. The black newsprint ink did contain PAHs and alkylated PAHs, which were all below 30.5 nanograms per microliter of ink. The author concludes that there appears to be no inhalation hazard to the employees. Any health hazards to employees from skin contact to inks is unknown. Airborne dust and filings samples from the brake pads used to create tension between the web and press rollers did not contain asbestos. Noise levels during press operation ranged from 90 decibels-A (dBA) to 108 dBA in the work area. The author recommends that a comprehensive noise monitoring system be established.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-77-37; Region-5; Newspapers; Asbestos-fibers; Polycyclic-hydrocarbons
Publication Date
19860610
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-237286
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IWS-77-37
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2752
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-77-37, 32 pages, 36 references
State
OH
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