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HHE report: HHE-72-100-121, Whirlpool Corporation, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Markel-HL Jr.; Shama-SK
NIOSH 1974 Mar; :1-16
Evaluation of hazards from exposure to toluene-diisocyanate (584849), petroleum-naphtha (8030306), and methylene-chloride (75092), occurring while maintenance employees change filters. Toxic effects include mucous membrane irritation, asthmatic attacks, skin irritation, eye irritation, and pulmonary edema from toluene diisocyanate; lightheadness, mental confusion, nausea, vomiting, and headache from methylene chloride; and nervous disorders, skin and mucous membrane irritation, and pneumonitis from petroleum naphtha. Data are given for composite environmental and medical findings, and airborne concentrations for all personal breathing-zone samples and general area samples, with established standard for each compound. No proven toxic effects are found in the working environment. Recommendations include institution of a medical monitoring system, facilities for removing affected employees from the working environment, provision of protective equipment, and local exhaust ventilation, and installation of a 'ball valve' in teflon seal in place of 'gate vale' in the toluene diisocyanate line where maintenance men change filters.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; HHE-72-100-121; Region-6; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Hydrocarbon-mixtures; Isocyanates; Toxic-substances; Organic-solvents; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; TLV; MAC; Skin-disorders; Eye-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Nervous-system-disorders; Symptomatology;
584-84-9; 8030-30-6; 75-09-2;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-72-100-121,16 pages, 3 references
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