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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-379-1977, Keebler Company, Atlanta, Georgia.

Authors
Salisbury-S; Koenig-J
Source
NIOSH 1989 Aug; :1-38
NIOSHTIC No.
00192793
Abstract
In response to a request from an authorized representative of Local 412, Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco Workers (BCTW) Union, an evaluation was made of possible health hazards at the Keebler Company (SIC-2052), Atlanta, Georgia. Of specific concern were exposure to raw materials and chemicals in the Mixing Department, the possible use of asbestos (1332214) in insulation in an area used for proofing, exposure to airborne contaminants or carcinogens through inhalation or direct handling of the product, and the potential for release of contaminants or carcinogens from the heating of plastic film on overwrap or shrinkwrap machines and from heating hot melt adhesives. No asbestos fibers were detected in either settled dusts or airborne dusts in the areas monitored. Trace levels of formaldehyde (50000) and acetaldehyde (75070) were detected in one of the heated hot melt adhesives. Trace amounts of toluene (108883), limonene (7705148), and a mixture of other volatile organics including various 9 to 12 carbon hydrocarbons, as well as small amounts of other organic compounds were noted on the analysis of shrink wrap emissions. All potential exposures were well below the recommended safety levels. Keebler eliminated the one oven which had asbestos containing insulation. The authors conclude that no worker exposures to potential carcinogens existed, and other potential exposures were below evaluation criteria. There was no evidence of an increased incidence of lung cancer or cancer in general among the employees.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-379-1977; Region-4; Food-handlers; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Volatiles; Asbestos-dust; Food-processing-industry
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 50-00-0; 75-07-0; 108-88-3; 7705-14-8
Publication Date
19890801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-161860
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-87-379-1977
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2052
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-379-1977, 38 pages, 26 references
State
GA; OH
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