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HHE Report No. HETA-90-030-2183, Rust Engineering, Champion International, Quinnesec, Michigan.

Authors
Knutti-EB
Source
NIOSH 1992 Mar:25 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00218679
Abstract
In response to a request from the Building and Construction Trades Department, an evaluation was conducted of possible health effects due to chlorine-dioxide (10049044) emissions from the Champion International Corporation (CIC) pulp mill in Quinnesec, Michigan on workers employed by Rust Engineering (SIC-1541) at an adjacent construction site. Rust Engineering was contracted by CIC to construct a paper mill addition to the pulp mill, and had about 1,600 workers at the site. Questionnaires were completed by 252 workers and pulmonary function tests were performed. Acute symptoms were reported more frequently among workers who felt they had been exposed to chemical fumes. Workers with reported perceived exposures experienced shortness of breath more often. No difference was noted in the occurrence of chronic cough with perceived exposure. Wheeze was reported by more workers who indicated an exposure but only in the smoking group. Obstructive ventilatory function was noted among 37 workers and ten had a restrictive pattern. Toxic gases were released on more than one occasion at this site, but there were no records available which would allow the calculation of the concentration of any gases released or the effect of these on the workers. The author recommends that health and safety procedures be established and enforced. The requirement of the State of Michigan Hazard Communication Program should be implemented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-030-2183; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-function; Pulp-industry; Occupational-exposure; Construction-workers; Chlorine-compounds;
CAS No.
10049-04-4;
Publication Date
19920301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-169711
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-90-030-2183
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
1541;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-90-030-2183, 25 pages, 11 references
State
MI; OH;
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