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HHE Report No. HETA-93-1084-2500, Reliance Electric, Madison, Indiana.

Authors
Robinson-JN; Echt-A
Source
NIOSH 1995 Apr:40 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00227687
Abstract
In response to a request from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, an investigation was begun into cancer among workers at Reliance Electric (SIC-3621), Madison, Indiana. The facility manufactured electric motors, employing about 430 workers. Of 77 suspected cancer cases, 45 were verified. An excess in cases of melanoma and pancreatic cancer was identified. After interviewing 43 employees, the most frequently reported symptoms included eye, nose and throat irritation along with headaches. A number of back injuries and disorders were attributable to repetitive trauma. General area air sampling for formaldehyde (50000) revealed exposure which ranged from a trace concentration to 0.017 parts per million measured in a sample collected on the table by the scratch brush in the Winding area. Titanium-dioxide (13463677) measured in personal breathing zone samples on painters and the rotor cast operator ranged up to 0.003mg/m3. The authors conclude that it is unlikely that the melanoma and pancreatic cancer cases could be attributed to the work environment. There was an elevated risk of musculoskeletal disorders in Winding workers due to repetitive trauma and back injuries.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-1084-2500; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Aerospace-industry; Epidemiology; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 13463-67-7;
Publication Date
19950401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-260964
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-93-1084-2500
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
SIC Code
3621;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-93-1084-2500, 40 pages, 35 references
State
IN; OH;
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