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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-181-0000, Graphic Packaging Corporation, Paoli, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Crandall-MS; Wilcox-TG
Source
NIOSH 1988 Jul; :1-10
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00181809
Abstract
In response to a request from the United Paperworkers International Union, an evaluation was made of working conditions at the Graphic Packaging Corporation, Paoli, Pennsylvania. Particular attention was given to workers making microwave popcorn bags who reported swelling around the eyes and dermatitis. One employee also reported an asthma attack while working on the bags. Special water based epoxy adhesives were used for these bags as the product must withstand heating in a microwave oven. Environmental and personal breathing zone air samples were taken and medical questionnaires were filled out. Use of this adhesive was discontinued in May of 1987 and the symptoms have disappeared. Chemical analysis of the adhesive indicated the presence of several chemicals which are potential irritants or allergic sensitizers both to skin and the respiratory track. These irritants included formaldehyde (50000), acetaldehyde (75070), benzoic-acid (65850), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (79005), p-dioxane (123911), and ethyl-acetate (141786). Samples taken before the switch over to another adhesive was made did not indicate a hazardous level of any of these substances to be present.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-181-0000; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Assembly-line-workers; Contact-allergies; Allergic-reactions; Skin-exposure; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Containers
CAS No.
50-00-0; 75-07-0; 65-85-0; 79-00-5; 123-91-1; 141-78-6
Publication Date
19880701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-107775
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-87-181-0000
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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