HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-76-8-370, Fuel Economy Engineering Company, Spurlock Power Station, Maysville, Kentucky.
Acting on a request received from an authorized representative of employees regarding complaints of skin irritation, conjunctivitis, sore throat, trouble swallowing, nausea, dizziness, headache, chest tightness and difficulty breathing, a Health Hazard Evaluation was conducted by NIOSH at the facility for the manufacturing of glass- reinforced plastic pipe joints (SIC-3079) of the Spurlock Power Station, Maysville, Kentucky, on January 15, April 29-30 and June 22, 1976. The contaminants aerometrically evaluated were asbestos (1332214) fibers, total and respirable particulate (presumed to consist primarily of fibrous glass and hardened resin), monomeric styrene (100425), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), and polyglycol- diamine. The effects of exposure were evaluated by administering health questionnaires, physical examinations, and respiratory function tests. Short term toxicity characterized by dermatologic, gastrointestinal, neurologic, and respiratory symptoms may have existed as reported by the fabrication workers prior to the preliminary survey and follow-up evaluation. However, it is the judgment of the NIOSH investigators that a toxic exposure to the fabrication workers did not exist on the days of the investigations. The prevalence of present symptoms among the 20 affected workers did not differ significantly from those of non exposed workers. Neither past nor current respiratory symptoms in workers were associated with objective evidence of pulmonary dysfunction. Recommendations are made regarding control of exposure to fibrous glass and industrial hygiene measures intended to minimize dermal and respiratory exposures to the contaminants.
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-76-8-370, 36 pages, 40 references