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HHE determination report no. HHE-76-108-365, Rocky Mountain Manufacturing and Wire Company, Cleaning Department, Pueblo, Colorado.

Authors
Haas-BH; Geissert-JO
Source
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-76-108-365, 1977 Mar; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00069423
Abstract
Acting on a request received from the management of the Rocky Mountain Manufacturing and Wire Company (SIC-3315), Pueblo, Colorado, to evaluate the exposures of the employees to the various materials used in the wire cleaning department, a Health Hazard Evaluation survey was performed by NIOSH in September 1976 and January 1977 to determine the nature of headaches, skin burns, rhinitis, dermatitis, coughing and sneezing, experienced by the wire cleaners. Based on the environmental data collected during the survey, administration of medical questionnaires to 6 affected workers, observation of work practices, and a review of the literature relevant to the toxicity of the substances used in the work area, it was determined that worker exposures to potassium- permanganate (7722647) and copper-sulfate (7758987) were not toxic under the conditions prevailing at the time of the survey. The respiratory irritation experienced by the workers in the past has been attributed to the presence of acceptable levels of sulfuric- acid (7664939) mist in the air. Recommendations are provided for reducing the exposure of workers to the agents mentioned.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-108-365; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-8; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Inorganic-salts; Inorganic-acids; Toxic-substances; Respiratory-irritants; Author Keywords: Potassium Pennanganate; Copper Sulfate; Sulfuric Acid; Upper Respiratory Tract Irritation
CAS No.
7722-64-7; 7758-98-7; 7664-93-9
Publication Date
19770301
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB-270877
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-76-108-365
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3315
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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