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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-185-L2088, General Foods, Post Division, Modesto, California.

Authors
McCammon-C; Lee-S
Source
NIOSH 1990 Dec; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00197956
Abstract
In response to a request from an employee at the General Foods Company Post Division, located in Modesto, California, a visit was made to the facility to investigate complaints of dirty air, lack of ventilation, and symptoms of headache, fatigue and respiratory illness at the site. The facility employed about 150 hourly workers and 20 salaried employees. There were four production lines, one for Kool Aid dry beverage mix, and three for breakfast cereals. Two operators in the cereal blending and milling area had total dust exposures of 0.38 and 1.7mg/m3, well below the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Value of 10mg/m3. The Helper who was working the Kool Aid processing line had quite a high exposure at 49.3mg/m3 during the rework operation. This was a dusty operation where the ventilation appeared to be inadequate. The operator at the Mixing Station for Kool Aid Pre Mix wore a dust respirator during the batch preparation, where the dust exposure was 6.1mg/m3. The authors conclude that the Kool Aid line was quite dusty, and the rework stations were sources of high short term exposures to dust. The authors recommend specific measures to reduce exposures, and improve ventilation. The facility should develop a comprehensive respirator program.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-185-L2088; Region-9; Hazard-Confirmed; Food-processing-industry; Food-processing-workers; Airborne-dusts;
Publication Date
19901201
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-185306
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-90-185-L2088
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; OH;
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