Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0028-2366, West Helena - Helena Sportswear, Inc., West Helena, Arkansas.
NIOSH 1993 Nov; :1-21
In response to an employee request, an investigation was begun into possible health effects resulting from formaldehyde (50000) exposure at West Helena-Helena Sportswear (SIC-2337), West Helena, Arkansas. The company manufactured ladies' sportswear. Precured permanent press fabrics were spread on large tables and cut to patterns. Pieces were fused, bundled and tagged. The cut pieces were then assembled into garments which were pressed, inspected, bagged and shipped. About 1,000 finished garments were produced each day. Personal breathing zone formaldehyde concentrations ranged from 0.14 to 0.17 parts per million (ppm) as an 8 hour time weighted average (TWA). General area sample formaldehyde concentrations ranged from 0.16 to 0.25ppm as an 8 hour TWA, and particulate concentrations ranged from 0.02 to 0.15mg/m3. The dust was found to contain formaldehyde. The formaldehyde levels in personal breathing zone and general air samples exceeded the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit of lowest feasible concentration. The author concludes that the formaldehyde concentrations exceeded the NIOSH recommended limit. Nuisance dust evaluation criteria may not be sufficient since the dust contained formaldehyde. The author recommends that efforts be made to reduce formaldehyde exposures at this facility.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0028-2366; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-6; Airborne-dusts; Occupational-exposure; Airborne-particles; Garment-workers
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-93-0028-2366, 21 pages, 19 references