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HHE determination report no. HHE-72-53-70, HHE-72-54-71, HHE-72-55-72, HHE-72-56-73, HHE-72-57-74, HHE-72-58-75, Five Retail Stores, Seattle, Washington.

Authors
Polakoff-PL; Vandervort-R
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 72-53-70, HHE 72-54-71, HHE 72-55-72, HHE 72-56-73, HHE 72-57-74, HHE 72-58-75, 1973 Sep; :1-21
NIOSHTIC No.
00190601
Abstract
In response to requests from retail meat wrapping employees in and around the Seattle, Washington area, evaluations were conducted at retail stores to determine possible hazardous conditions to the employees arising from thermal decomposition products of polyvinyl- chloride (9002862) (PVC) meat packaging film. Most of the wrapping operations observed during the study involved pulling out a desired length of film, wrapping the film around a tray or cut of meat, severing the film using the hot wire cutoff, folding the film ends under the package, and sealing the folded ends by touching the package to the heated pad. The main degradation products produced during the heat cutting and heat sealing included di-2-ethyl-hexyl- adipate (103231), diisooctyl-adipate (1330865), and hydrogen- chloride (7647010) (HCl). HCl was found in very low concentrations in the meat wrapping environment. Pulmonary function tests of the population of meat wrappers involved in the study revealed no gross pulmonary effects in comparison to a comparison population after one workshift of meat wrapping. The authors conclude that a larger sample of personnel involved in meat wrapping should be examined to determine possible serious consequences of exposure to these fumes.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-72-53-70; HHE-72-54-71; HHE-72-55-72; HHE-72-56-73; HHE-72-57-74; HHE-72-58-75; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-10; Meat-handlers; Food-processing-industry; Plastic-films; Plastic-seals; Grocery-stores; Retail-workers; Author Keywords: polyvinyl chloride; PVC; meat packaging; pulmonary function tests
CAS No.
9002-86-2; 103-23-1; 1330-86-5; 7647-01-0
Publication Date
19730901
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1973
NTIS Accession No.
PB-229709
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-72-55-72
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA; OH
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