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HHE Report No. HETA-92-0285-2355, Indian Industries, Evansville, Indiana.

Authors
Buchta-TM; Hoekstra-E
Source
NIOSH 1993 Oct:23 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00217747
Abstract
In response to a request by an employee of Indian Industries (SIC- 3949), Evansville, Indiana an investigation was conducted of possible occupational exposures to BZ-123 which contains a mixture of solvents. The facility employed 250 to 400 workers in the manufacture of sporting goods equipment. Interviews were conducted with 17 of the over 300 workers at the production facility and air and hand wipe samples were analyzed for the presence of organic solvents. For paint line operators during cleanup, personal breathing zone concentrations of toluene (108883) ranged from 9.1 to 429.4 parts per million (ppm); for one worker, the short term exposure exceeded the NIOSH exposure limit of 150ppm. Styrene (100425) concentrations ranged from 0.64 to 20.9ppm. Low levels of cadmium (7440439), chromium (7440473), lead (7439921), nickel (7440020), and zinc (7440666) were identified in hand wipe samples. The authors conclude that workers were exposed to potentially hazardous concentrations of organic solvents. The authors recommend that efforts be made to reduce exposures, including improvements in local exhaust ventilation, the implementation of a respiratory protection program, and the use of personal protective equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0285-2355; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Organic-solvents; Occupational-exposure; Metal-compounds; Occupational-exposure;
CAS No.
108-88-3; 100-42-5; 7440-43-9; 7440-47-3; 7439-92-1; 7440-02-0; 7440-66-6;
Publication Date
19931001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-152188
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0285-2355
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3949;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-0285-2355, 23 pages, 22 references
State
IN; OH;
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