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Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 97-0154-2693, Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc., Distribution Products Division, Urbana, Ohio.

Authors
Morley-JC; Trout-D; Hanley-K
Source
NIOSH 1998 June:24 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
20000005
Abstract
In March 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) from the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) Local 1740. The request identified mouth sores, nose bleeds, blisters in the eyes, rashes, and throat irritation as potentially being associated with the manufacturing of circuit breaker cases in the plastic department at Siemens Energy and Automation plant in Urbana, Ohio. The material of concern was identified as a bulk molding compound containing styrene and vinyl toluene-based plastic resin. This request was followed by a similar management request in May 1997. NIOSH investigators performed an initial site visit at the Siemens facility on August 20-22, 1997. During the initial site visit, employee interviews were conducted, a questionnaire was administered to plastics department employees, the manufacturing process and work practices were observed, company records were reviewed, and air samples were collected for vinyl toluene, styrene, metals, particle characterization, and volatile organic compounds. Subsequent head space analysis of heated raw process materials revealed the presence of formaldehyde. A follow-up site visit was performed on January 15-16, 1998, to collect air samples for formaldehyde vapor, formaldehyde on dust, and inhalable dust.
Keywords
Health-hazard-evaluation; Circuit-breakers; Molding-compounds; Styrene; Air-sampling; Formaldehyde; Dust; Skin-irritation; Vinyl-toluene; Volatile-organic-compounds; Glass-fibers; Region-5; Plastics-manufacturing; Hazard-Unconfirmed;
CAS No.
50-00-0; 100-42-5; 25013-15-4;
Publication Date
19980601
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-152308
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-97-0154-2693
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Dermatitis
SIC Code
3613; 3089;
Source Name
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies
State
OH;
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