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HHE report no. HETA-82-311-1250, Uniroyal, Inc., Opelika, Alabama.

Authors
Williams-TM
Source
NIOSH 1983 Jan; :1-8
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00236844
Abstract
In response to a request from Local Union Number 753, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the Uniroyal Facility (SIC-3011), Opelika, Alabama. As part of the production of tires at the site, rubber treads were transported to the tire builder on tread trucks containing leaves. Employees performing the removal of rubber residue from tread leaves complained of headaches, sore throats and burns on their hands and arms which they felt resulted from chemical exposures. Klean-Strip was the solvent used for residue removal from the tread leaf. The chemical contained approximately 75% methylene-chloride (75092), 10% propylene-dichloride (78875), 5% methanol (67561), and 1% ammonia (7664417), plus a thickening agent, a vaporization retardant, and a surfactant. Area air samples taken 10 to 12 feet from the operation ranged between 9 and 40 parts per million for methylene-chloride vapors. The author concludes that no vapor exposures were found which exceeded regulatory or recommended limits, but several conditions were noted that were conducive to potential health hazards. The author recommends that protective clothing and a solvent vapor cartridge be used by workers during the cleaning operation, and an attempt be made to find alternative leaf cleaning methods which will further reduce the potential for exposure.
Keywords
NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-82-311-1250; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; NIOSH-Author; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Cleaning-compounds
CAS No.
75-09-2; 78-87-5; 67-56-1; 7664-41-7
Publication Date
19830101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-173038
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-311-1250; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-01164
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3011
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-311-1250
State
AL; OH
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