HHE Report HHE-72-29-28, Modern Industrial Plastics Division, Duriron Company, Dayton, Ohio.
NIOSH 1973 Feb:28 pages
Environmental survey of the hazards arising from Teflon (9002840) dust and noise in a plastics industrial unit. Total dust air concentration levels obtained from 23 persons and four general area samples range from 0.0 to 5.5 milligrams per cubic meter, as against the standard of 15 milligrams per cubic meter. Recommendations include improved housekeeping program to keep dust sources to a minimum, prohibition of smoking in areas where Teflon is cut, machined, or processed, reduction of noise levels to within standards of 90 decibels by instituting engineering controls, establishment of a hearing conservation program including audiometry, and use of personal protective devices. Symptoms of Teflon fume fever are given with effects of smoking Teflon- contaminated cigarettes, which include chills, nausea, vomiting, body and joint pains, sweating, weakness, and dry cough. Polytetrafluoroethylene is not considered damaging to skin when used at ordinary temperatures. Above 400 degrees centigrade, perfluorisobutylene and carbonyl-fluoride (353504) are formed by the pyrolysis of Teflon.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; HHE-72-29-28; Region-5; Hazards-Confirmed; Noise-control; Personal-protective-equipment; Fluorocarbon-resins; Polymerization-products; Polymers; Pyrolysis-products; Toxic-substances; Halogenated-hydrocarbons; Dust-control; Safety-measures; Safety-engineering; Physiological-effects;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-72-29-28, 28 pages, 12 references