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HHE Report No. HETA-86-284-1914, H.B. Smith Company, Inc., Westfield, Massachusetts.

Authors
McManus-KP; Bicknell-RJ; Klincewicy-S
Source
NIOSH 1988 Jul:21 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00182738
Abstract
In response to a request from Local 95, Molders and Allied Workers Union, an evaluation was made of exposures to chemicals at the H.B. Smith Company, Inc. (SIC-3565, SIC-3321), Westfield, Massachusetts, due to concern over symptoms of breathing difficulties experienced by workers. Workers at the foundry were involved in coremaking, mold making, casting, shake out, and knockout operations. Possible exposures to carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO), respirable free silica (14808607), dimethylethylamine (75649) (DMEA), and acrolein (107028) were determined. Acrolein was not detected. CO levels ranged from 10.4mg/m3. The respirable free silica ranged up to 0.54mg/m3. Pulmonary function tests and x-rays showed no evidence of silicotic lung disease. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed due to worker exposures to respirable free silica, DMEA and CO. The authors recommend measures to reduce worker exposures, including a mandatory personal protective equipment policy, administrative and engineering controls for CO, improvements in ventilation, and periodic medical examinations.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-86-284-1914; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-1; Airborne-dusts; Foundry-workers; Foundries; Toxic-gases;
CAS No.
630-08-0; 14808-60-7; 75-64-9; 107-02-8;
Publication Date
19880701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-130157
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-86-284-1914
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3565; 3321;
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-86-284-1914, 21 pages, 17 references
State
MA; OH;
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