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HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-75-124-382, Franklin Electric Company, Bluffton, Indiana.
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 75-124-382, 1977 Apr; :1-14
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH at the Franklin Electric Company, a manufacturer of small electric motors (SIC-3621), gear reduction motors and submersible electric pumps, in Fluffton, Indiana, on March 2-3 and July 14, 1976. A union representative requested the investigation, being concerned with potential health problems in the plant's 24 "affected" employees, following a chemical explosion and a case of cardiac and composition of substances evaluated, it has been determined that concentrations of mineral spirits and oil mists, in the die cast department, graphite dust near the carbon bearing machines, and vapors from Hysol epoxy compounds are not hazardous to employees working in or near these areas. As determined during the survey, environmental sampling in the die cast department has indicated that exposures received by the die cast and trim press operators are well below levels which might cause worker discomfort or present a health hazard. During degassing and fluxing of molten aluminum, the material handler is potentially exposed to inorganic fluoride particulates and other undetermined toxic substances; however, the duration and frequency of this operation is limited and sampling results do not support the conclusion that exposures would adversely affect the health of the worker. Recommendations are made for better control of smoke and volatile emissions which are generated during furnace degassing.
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