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HHE determination report no. HHE-76-97-430, FMC Corporation - Chain Division, Indianapolis, 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 76-97-430, 1977 Sep; :1-34
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on March 28-31, 1977, at the metal chain and gear manufacturing facilities (SIC-3462) of the FMC Corporation, Chain Division, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The evaluation was prompted by a request from an authorized employee representative regarding the exposure of approximately 156 affected employees to large amounts of powdered metal dust. Environmental sampling and employee interviewed concluded that employee exposure to airborne total dusts, oil mists, and solvents and gases did not pose a health hazard. However, the concentrations of airborne nickel (7440020) did pose a potential health hazard to the compacting machine operator and induction machine operators in the gear department and the coupling machine operator in the metal chain department. Employees may be occasionally exposed to smoke and fumes containing significant concentrations of nitrogen (7727379) nitrogen oxides of nitrogen (10102440), carbon-monoxide (630080), and related compounds during malfunctioning of furnace operations. Recommendations are made to improve observed and potential hazards noted during the survey.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-97-430; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Metallic-dusts; Heavy-metals; Dust-control; Organic-solvents; Industrial-plants; Metalworking-equipment; Air-contamination; Author Keywords: Smoke; Fumes; Oxides Of Nitrogen; Nitrogen Dioxide; Carbon Monoxide; Furnace Operations; Metal Chain Manufacturing; Soldering
7440-02-0; 7727-37-9; 10102-44-0; 630-08-0
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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