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Plant observation report and evaluation, Malden Mills, Inc.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1981 Feb; :1-95
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00237105
Abstract
Malden Mills, Inc., Lawrence, Massachusetts was the site of an occupational health and safety survey. The facility had four divisions: fur, flock, cloth, and woven. Operations included dyeing, finishing, blending, carding, and knitting. The Malden Mills facility produced about 1 million yards of finished piece goods per week, and employed 2,338 workers of whom 1,930 were hourly. Management had demonstrated support for a projected safety and health program at the site. The company has a sound level meter and appropriate calibrator and readings have been taken in the past, but not on a regular basis. When accidents occurred they were reviewed by a supervisor to prevent recurrence. All lost time accidents were reviewed. A general practitioner was available on a part time basis. Each employee received a preplacement physical examination, including urinalysis and pulmonary function tests. A survey of operations was carried out and specific observations were reported. These observations pertained to canopy hoods of the ventilation system, guarding of guillotine cutters, dust in the bagging area, sound levels, fluorocarbon vapors in the air, unguarded equipment, ammonia like odors, lack of personal protective equipment for those involved in weighing and transferring dye powders, and possible exposure to acid mists.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-79-0001; Textiles-industry; Dyeing-industry; Textile-workers; Industrial-hygiene; Acid-mists; Ventilation-systems; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-exposure
Publication Date
19810227
Document Type
Final Contract Report
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-187488
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
Contract-210-79-0001
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA
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