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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-77-23-401, General Electric Company, Appliance Park Louisville, Kentucky.
Roper CP Jr.
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 77-23-401, 1977 Jun; :1-10
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH, at the Enamel Shop (SIC-3479) of the Range department at the General Electric Company, Louisville, Kentucky, on February 24-25, 1977, acting on a request from a group of employees regarding their exposure to recirculated dust arising from the application of a white enamel coating on kitchen range panels. Personal air samples collected form the breathing zones of 13 affected employees revealed that the levels of silica and total airborne dust were within the acceptable limits established to prevent harmful effects on the health of employees. Medical evaluation based on interviews with the exposed employees revealed that many of them have experienced symptoms of eye and nose irritation from exposure to the dust. Although the dust exposure is not believed to pose any danger to the employees health, this irritation can and should be minimized. Recommendations are made for the prevention of dust irritation and for compliance with industrial hygiene practice.
NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-23-401; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Respiratory-irritation; Dust-control; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-plants; Electrical-industry; Air-sampling; Respirable-dust; Eye-irritation; Silica-dusts; Nuisance-dusts; Exposure-limits; Author Keywords: Spray Booth; Enamel Coating; Silica; Total Dust; Eye and Nose Irritation
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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