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HHE Report No. HETA-84-289-1798, Kirby Manufacturing Company, Inc., McClure, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Crandall-MS; Singal-M
Source
NIOSH 1987 May:15 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00173099
Abstract
In response to a request from an employer representative an evaluation was made of the Kirby manufacturing Company (SIC-2260) located in McClure, Pennsylvania concerning possible exposure to formaldehyde (50000) from the resin used to give a wrinkle resistant property to textiles. Full shift breathing zone and general air monitoring samplings were performed. In 14 samples the personal exposure to formaldehyde ranged from 0.5 to 1.5 parts per million (ppm) with an average of 1.0ppm. A questionnaire regarding symptoms was completed by 100 workers. Symptoms reported to be occurring more frequently of late included sneezing, nasal irritation, headache, eye irritation, throat irritation, and coughing. As these symptoms were connected with formaldehyde exposures, the authors conclude that overexposure to formaldehyde was occurring at the facility. The authors recommend that a specialist in industrial ventilation systems be consulted to prepare specifications for a dilution ventilation system for this facility. Using this new system, indoor air containing formaldehyde vapor would not be recirculated. Fabrics containing formaldehyde should be aired before further treatment or use.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; HETA-84-289-1798; Textiles-industry; Textile-workers; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Inhalants; Vapors; Organic-vapors;
CAS No.
50-00-0;
Publication Date
19870501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-126149
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-289-1798
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
SIC Code
2260;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-84-289-1798, 15 pages, 16 references
State
PA; OH;
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