GEOMET Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Maryland 1980 May; :1-47
An overview was presented of the textile industry, and specifically the dyeing and finishing of textiles. More than 68,000 workers were exposed to nearly 5,000 different dyes and chemicals in the finishing and dyeing of textiles, along with many physical agents. They were at high risk of exposure which may result in detrimental long term effects. This document included sources of exposure, data on biological effects and control of exposure, and other aspects such as the control of exposure through management involvement, safety and hygiene programs, engineering controls, and work practices. Current standards related to textile dyeing and finishing were reviewed. More specific hazards included exposure to acid dyes, azoic dyes, basic dyes, direct dyes, disperse dyes, fiber reactive dyes, mordant dyes, and fluorescent brightening agents. Each of the major dye classes was discussed in terms of potential health hazards and biological effects. Some of the dyes used were potentially carcinogenic.
GEOMET Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Maryland