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HHE report no. HETA-80-91-1185, Dallas Times Herald, Dallas, Texas.

Authors
Markel-HL Jr.; Moody-PL
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 80-91-1185, 1982 Sep; :1-9
NIOSHTIC No.
00236845
Abstract
In response to a confidential request, an evaluation was begun of press room/reel room employee exposures to surfactant and emulsifier products at the Dallas Times Herald (SIC-2711), Dallas, Texas. The newspaper publishing facility was visited to gather information on the substances used in the printing area and to evaluate employee exposure. Medical records were also examined. Half of the 20 workers interviewed had no symptoms. Five reported intermittent runny nose, nasal congestion and/or eye irritation while at work. The remaining five workers had considerable contact with the APAR air washer/demisting system between January 1979 and spring 1980. A peculiar taste in the mouth was described by all five following exposure to the APAR mist. One employee reported progressive ill health from March through December of 1979 including headaches, fatigue, sores in the mouth, chronic eye irritation, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, trembling and staggering, but indicated these stopped following his termination of work with the demist system. The authors conclude that no evidence of methyl-cellulose (9004675) concentrations in excess of recommended levels was found and no evidence of any ethylene-oxide (75218) exposure was found. However, the authors recommend that worker exposures be maintained at the lowest level feasible.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-80-91-1185; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-6; Organic-vapors; Surfactants; Newspapers; Printing-industry; Author Keywords: Newspapers: Publishing, Publishing/Printing; Methyl cellosolve; Ethylene oxide; Surfactants; Emulsifiers; Wet scrubbing systems
CAS No.
9004-67-5; 75-21-8
Publication Date
19820901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-150085
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-80-91-1185
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2711
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX; OH
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