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HETA Report No. TA-78-8, Perry-Norvell Company, Huntington, West Virginia.

Authors
Singal-M
Source
NIOSH 1978 Jun:14 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00179866
Abstract
In response to a request from the area office of NIOSH, an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Perry-Norvell Company, a subsidiary of Kinney Shoe Corporation, Huntington, West Virginia. Over a period of several days many workers had become ill at the facility and production was actually closed down while a plan was devised to determine the cause of this occurrence. Air samples were taken and interviews were held with affected workers. Each of the interviewed employees listed symptoms which were consistent with symptoms of the hyperventilation syndrome including light headedness, transient loss of consciousness, headache, numbness of extremities and/or face, and difficulty in speaking. The psychological study which was conducted indicated that those employees more likely to be affected by the hyperventilation syndrome were those with more job related stress. The rash of illnesses was encouraged through the unseasonal air pollution, a malfunctioning air conditioning system, and the presence of a strong solvent odor in the fitting department. No data was found which suggested that any substance in the work environment exceeded currently recommended standards. The author concludes that the illness is characteristic of the hyperventilation syndrome. The author recommends several measures to help reduce what exposures there are.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-78-8; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Physiological-response; Job-stress;
Publication Date
19780601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-220892
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-78-8
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. TA-78-8, 14 pages, 8 references
State
VA; WV; OH;
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