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HHE Report No. HETA-90-029-2212, United Technologies Automotive, Port Huron, Michigan.

Authors
Hills-BW; Kawamoto-MM
Source
NIOSH 1992 May:27 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00208281
Abstract
In response to a request from an employee, an assessment was undertaken of possible hazardous working conditions at United Technologies Automotive (SIC-3714), Port Huron, Michigan. This company manufactured automotive headliners at two facilities in the city. Airborne fibrous glass, formaldehyde (50000), phenol (108952), trichloroethylene (79016) and volatile organic compound levels were measured at both facilities, and workers were interviewed concerning work related health problems. Formaldehyde was found in measurable concentrations at both facilities. Trichloroethylene was measured at a concentration approaching the NIOSH recommended exposure limit (25 parts per million as a time weighted average). Fibrous glass dust was generated in most of the work areas. Measurements of the fibrous glass dust did not exceed recommended limits, but there was much evidence of workers suffering from the irritant effects of this dust in that eye, nose and throat irritations were commonplace and skin rashes were highly prevalent in both facilities. Exposure through direct contact may have been the major route of exposure. Interviewed workers also reported central nervous system symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, lightheadedness, dizziness, and problems with memory, mood or personality swings. The authors conclude that the symptoms may be related to workplace exposure. The authors recommend that exposure to formaldehyde and trichloroethylene be reduced to the lowest feasible concentrations. Exposures to fibrous glass, volatile organic ingredients in adhesive and decomposition products of heated materials should be controlled.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-029-2212; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Airborne-dusts; Fiberglass-industry; Fibrous-dusts; Airborne-fibers; Skin-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Occupational-exposure; Synthetic-fibers;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 108-95-2; 79-01-6;
Publication Date
19920501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-221407
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-90-029-2212
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3714;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-90-029-2212, 27 pages, 31 references
State
MI; OH;
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