HHE Report No. HETA-83-246-1610, Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey.
NIOSH 1985 Jul:19 pages
In response to a request from the employees' union, an evaluation was made of complaints of burning, itching, and redness of hands, hives, and irritation of the eyes at the Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation's Customer Payment Processing (SIC-4931) facility in Iselin, New Jersey. All 45 employees working at the facility participated. It was suspected that symptoms were related to use of an automatic envelope opener, the AES MAILSYSTEM 3/30, which used Paper Fiber Separator solution (PFS). Payment processors, who spent the workday handling opened envelopes, experienced a higher prevalence of symptoms (75 percent of workers) than did the other workers. Clerical workers had the second highest prevalence (57 percent), while managers did not report symptoms of any kind. Twenty five percent of AES 3/30 operators had symptoms. Analysis of PFS indicated 18.2 percent propylene-glycol-monomethyl-ether (107982), a known irritant; this was present at 82.3mg/kg in treated envelopes. Dust which may have come from envelopes was found inside the machine and on work surfaces in payment processing. Management and employees reported that ventilation seemed inadequate. The author concludes that skin and mucous membrane irritation and headaches area associated with payment processing at the facility and with the AES 3/30. The author recommends that employee contact with the envelopes and dust be limited and that proper general ventilation be installed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-83-246-1610; Region-2; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Office-workers; Solvent-vapors; Air-quality-control; Dust-control; Dust-inhalation; Respiratory-irritants;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-246-1610, 19 pages, 10 references