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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-74-24-246, HHE-74-92-246, HHE-74-95-246, Uncle Bill's Pick-N-Pay Market, No. 10, Madsen's Valu Center, Kroger Company.
Vandervort R; Brooks SM
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 74-24-246, HHE 74-92-246, HHE 74-95-246, 1975 Dec; :1-29
Potential hazards in the meat cutting and wrapping departments of three supermarkets (SIC-5423) were evaluated. Meat department employees were interviewed, examined, given preshift and post shift pulmonary function tests, and blood samples were obtained. Environmental sampling for substances emitted by the hot wire cutting of polyvinyl-chloride (9002862) meat wrapping film was conducted. No measurable concentrations of vinyl-chloride (75014) monomer were found in emissions from hot wire cutting of the film. Hot wire cutting of films and thermal activation of price labels release irritants substances into the environment, but breathing zone concentrations are found to be low compared to established standards.
NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Author; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Region-5; Air-contamination; Plastics; Pulmonary-function-tests; Food-processing-workers; Food-processing-industry; Food-packaging; Author Keywords: Meat Cutting; Meat Wrapping; Pulmonary Function Test; Blood Test; Polyvinyl Chloride; PVC; Vinyl Chloride Monomer
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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