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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-91-326-2278, Xomox Corporation, Blue Ash, Ohio.

Authors
Echt-A; Bresler-FT; Hughes-RT; Hayden-CS II
Source
NIOSH 1993 Jan; :1-17
NIOSHTIC No.
00213734
Abstract
In response to an employer request, an investigation was begun concerning polymer fume fever in the Plastics Department at Xomox Corporation (SIC-3491), Blue Ash, Ohio. Xomox manufactured industrial valves in a variety of sizes and applications. Forty employees work in the Plastics Department over three shifts. Breathing zone and area air samples were analyzed for particulate fluorides and hydrogen-fluoride (7664393). Detectable hydrogen- fluoride was found in five of nine personal breathing zone samples, and 8 hour time weighted concentrations in area samples ranged from 0.004 to 0.008 parts per million. In five of ten employees interviewed, classical symptoms of polymer fume fever occurred. In another five employees, partial polymer fume fever and/or isolated polymer fume fever symptoms occurred. These symptoms included shaking chills, myalgias, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and malaise with or without a measured increase in body temperature. The ventilation system was not effective in controlling emissions from the valve lining process. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed due to exposure to the decomposition products of fluorocarbon polymers. The authors conclude that modifications to the ventilation system are needed. The incidence of polymer fume fever should be reduced through the abatement of workplace exposure to fluorocarbon polymers decomposition products.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-326-2278; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Occupational-exposure; Fluorine-compounds; Polymer-fume-fever; Ventilation-systems
CAS No.
7664-39-3
Publication Date
19930101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-214245
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-91-326-2278
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; DPSE
SIC Code
3491
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-91-326-2278, 17 pages, 12 references
State
OH
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