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HHE Report No. HETA-96-0100-2636, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

Authors
Reh-BD; Driscoll-RJ; Esswein-EJ
Source
NIOSH 1997 Apr:125 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00238624
Abstract
In response to a confidential employee request, a health hazard evaluation was begun at Harley Davidson Motor Company (SIC-3714), Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Workers had reported chest tightness, breathing difficulties, headaches, heart irregularities, and hoarseness directly related to their work environment, specifically the paint and clear coat booth areas. Measurements were taken of exposures to organic compounds, microbial contamination, and endotoxins. The ventilation system was evaluated and employees participated in a symptoms questionnaire. The microbial contamination in the water pits was up to 10(6) colony forming units per milliliter of water of gram negative bacteria and 10(4) fungi. The endotoxin air concentrations ranged from 0.1 to 1,359.1 endotoxin units per cubic meter of air during August and from 0.4 to 12.2 during November. The workers in the pin striping and masking areas had the highest prevalence of symptoms, and no statistically significant increases of symptoms were reported during the heating season in any area of the facility. The authors conclude that low levels of chemical and biological exposures were seen, but no overexposures. The authors recommend that additional local exhaust ventilation, routine symptom surveillance, and industrial hygiene monitoring, along with improved communications be implemented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-96-0100-2636; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Organic-solvents; Endotoxins; Microorganisms; Ventilation-systems; Respiratory-system-disorders; Painting; Coatings;
Publication Date
19970401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-106677
NTIS Price
A07
Identifying No.
HETA-96-0100-2636
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
3714;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-96-0100-2636, 125 pages, 18 references
State
WI; OH;
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