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HHE determination report no. HHE-74-94-253, Armstrong Cork Company, Jackson, Mississippi.
Flesch JP; Rostand RA
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 74-94-253, 1975 Dec; :1-14
Exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos in excess of the proposed OSHA standard of 0.5 fiber per cubic centimeter is found in a section of the Armstrong Cork Company (SIC-2499), Jackson, Mississippi, manufacturers of vinyl asbestos tiles. The potential for worker exposures to vinyl-chloride monomer is demonstrated for operators throughout the process, although all levels are found to be less than the existing OSHA standard of 1.0 ppm for vinyl- chloride (75014). Levels of toxic particulates including heavy metals and free silica are found to be below hazardous levels. Recommendations include improved enclosures, increased ventilation, and regular maintenance of local exhaust systems at material dump stations; approved respiratory protection for exposure to asbestos and vinyl-chloride, and periodic environmental and medical monitoring of operations and employees.
NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Author; HHE-74-94-253; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-4; Plastics-industry; Carcinogens; Toxic-substances; Airborne-particulates; Safety-measures; Dust-inhalation; Ventilation-systems; Author Keywords: asbestos; vinyl chloride; metals; pulmonary function
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