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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-375-2334, Champion International, Bucksport, Maine.

Authors
Seitz-TA; Parker-JE; Tubbs-RL; Martinez-KF
Source
NIOSH 1993 Jul; :1-39
NIOSHTIC No.
00215683
Abstract
In response to a request from employees, an investigation was begun into chemical exposures at Champion International Corporation (SIC- 2621), Bucksport, Maine. Two mill employees had died and other employees had worsening medical conditions. Champion manufactured lightweight coated magazine stock and employed about 1250 workers at this site. The facility operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A carpenter in kraft facilities and pulp mills, and a worker in the pulp lab had died of coronary artery disease and systemic vasculitis, respectively. Two other employees developed acute respiratory symptoms while working in Tower 3. The source of exposure was not identified, but the diagnosis was of toxic inhalation. Testing for thermophilic actinomycetes showed that the highest concentrations were found in Tower 3 and in the A-frame building. Cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis were not identified from the review of medical records. Water samples did not contain volatile organic chemicals or trace elements exceeding maximum permissible levels. The three control booths were very efficient in reducing potentially hazardous noise exposures. The authors conclude that this evaluation did not identify a specific health outcome which would suggest the need for further study. Potential exposures to noise, heat and thermophilic actinomycetes were identified. The authors recommend that a comprehensive heat stress management program be developed, that the hearing conservation program be improved, and that exposures to thermophilic actinomycetes be reduced.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-375-2334; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-1; Paper-manufacturing-industry; Noise-exposure; Microorganisms; Respiratory-system-disorders; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Heat-stress
Publication Date
19930701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-110418
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-90-375-2334
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
2621
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
ME; OH
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