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HHE report no. HHE-72-13-27, Uniroyal Incorporated, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Butler GJ; Taylor JS
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE-72-13-27, 1973 Feb; :1-21
Environmental survey of a rubber plant reveals no detectable levels of toluene-2,4-diisocyanate (584849) (TDI) in polyurethane (9009545) foam areas, and levels of hexane (110543), acetone (67641), methyl- ethyl-ketone (78933), toluene (108883), and xylene (1330207) used in mixing cements are within established standards. Wet latex foam is determined to be a primary irritant causing dermatitis in 50 percent of workers. Recommendations include evaluation and redesign of ventilation systems, improved housekeeping, pre-employment tests for sensitivity to latex foam, use of gloves, aprons and creams to prevent contact with latex foam, yearly physical exams and respiratory function tests of polyurethane foam workers, safety glasses for mold sprayers, and yearly examination and liver function tests of cement workers.
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