HHE Report No. HETA-83-458-1800, Tropicana Products, Bradenton, Florida.
Salisbury-S; Bennett-D; Aw-T-C
NIOSH 1987 May:24 pages
In response to requests from Tropicana Products, Inc. (SIC-2037), Bradenton, Florida and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C., an evaluation was made of possible exposure to ultraviolet cured printing inks during citrus juice bottling. A group of 71 workers from the area of the facility where this operation occurred were interviewed by a medical officer. A group of 43 workers from another area were interviewed and served as comparisons. Concentrations of airborne organic vapors released from the wash solvents and printing ink were determined. Patch tests were conducted using components of the ink on workers from each group. Vapors of the following solvents were detected at levels below those considered hazardous: toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), acetone (67641), isopropanol (67630), a series of alkanes, and 2-butoxyethanol (111762). An overexposure was determined to exist for third shift workers involved in cleaning the printing machines using UVW-80 wash solvent. Exposure levels for this shift to alkyl substituted benzenes exceeded 25 parts per million. The only ink component to give a positive patch test as a skin sensitizer among two workers was trimethylol-propane- triacrylate (15625895). The authors recommend that an ink wash solvent be found for use which contained a lower percentage of aromatic hydrocarbons. If this is not possible, then improvements to the ventilation system are needed and respiratory equipment should be worn.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-83-458-1800; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-4; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Inhalants; Allergic-reactions; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Printing-industry;
108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 67-64-1; 67-63-0; 111-76-2; 15625-89-5;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-458-1800, 24 pages, 15 references