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Irritant effects of industrial chemicals: formaldehyde.
Wayne-LG; Bryan-RJ; Ziedman-K
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 77-117, 1976 Jul; :1-131
To ascertain the extent of formaldehyde (50000) exposure 18 plants are listed; three are selected for in-depth industrial hygiene workups. Formaldehyde levels in the garment plant are found to range between 0.2 and 0.8ppm; levels in two wood products plants range between 0.6 and 0.9ppm. Workers in a large wood products plant are given ophthalmologic examinations, medical histories are obtained, and eye irritation symptoms ascertained. No relationships of eye disorders or symptoms to chronic formaldehyde exposure or work history are found. No acute effects of formaldehyde on performances on tests of visual acuity, depth perception, peripheral vision, accommodation, fixation, and color vision are found at formaldehyde levels which average 0.4ppm. (Contract No. 099-74-21)
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-74-0021; Sensory-perception; Air-contaminants; Eye-irritants; Garment-workers; Woodworking-industry; Vision-tests; Aldehydes
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DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 77-117; Contract-099-74-0021
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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