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HHE determination report no. HHE-72-33-129, Barker Greeting Card Company, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 72-33-129, 1974 Mar; :1-15
Environmental survey of the employees of a greeting card manufacturing company through medical interviews and examinations conducted in the flocking department shows that four out of six women display symptoms related either to the skin or the respiratory tract. No evidence is found of necrosis conditions among employees working with glues containing a type of Stoddard solvent, although airborne flock does result in minor mechanical irritation from the deposition of fibers on the body, particularly skin creases. A few individuals with chronic or pre-existing throat and sinus conditions are made worse by the constant deposition of flock high in oral and nasal passages. Recommendations include improvement of dust collection and housekeeping practices, discontinuance of the practice of using compressed air to blow off dust from employees' uniforms, screening out of future potential employees with sinus and throat illness, wearing of long sleeve uniforms in the flocking area, and the use of paper face masks.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; HHE-72-33-129; Region-5; Hazards-Confirmed; Respiratory-protection; Paper-products; Dust-control; Organic-dusts; Allergies; Preemployment-examinations; Respiratory-system-disorders; Skin-disorders; Irritants; Safety-measures; Personal-hygiene; Personal-protective-equipment; Author Keywords: total dust; respirable dust; solvents; skin irritation; respiratory
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