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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-9-391, Corrugated Paper Company, Westboro, Massachusetts.
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 77-9-391, 1977 May; :1-8
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on November 16-18, 1976 at The Corrugated Paper Company, Westboro, Massachusetts. The request regarding possible employee exposure to paper dust in the manufacture of shipping containers (SIC-2649) was made by the employer himself. Sampling of the air in the work place and a review of the confidential health questionnaires completed by 15 of the 40 affected workers indicated that excessive exposures to paper dust and starch dust (nuisance dust) at the Baler and Mixing Tanks did exist within the working areas at the time of the survey. Since some workers are, at times, subjected to dust levels which exceed the OSHA standard for nuisance dust, recommendations are made to keep workers exposed to as little dust as possible, together with improved exhaust ventilation, wearing of dust respirators, and using vacuum cleaning methods instead of air hoses to clean certain areas. Air hoses for cleaning should not be used in any area.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-77-9-391; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-1; Toxicology; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Industrial-plants; Paper-manufacturing-industry; Air-sampling; Dust-sampling; Dust-control; Control-measures; Author Keywords: paper; starch dust; nuisance dust
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