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HHE determination report no. HHE-76-115-425, H.F.E. Inc., Ft. Collins, Colorado.
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 76-115-425, 1977 Sep; :1-12
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on February 1-2 and on May 17, 1977, at the H.F.E., Inc. plant in Ft. Collins, Colorado, a facility engaged in the manufacturing of farm equipment (SIC-3523) used primarily in the sugar beet industry. The evaluation was prompted by a request from an authorized management representative regarding employee exposure to welding fumes, paint spray and fork lift exhaust. Environmental sampling indicated that all employees were potentially exposed to toxic concentrations of paint solvents, dust, welding fumes, and carbon-monoxide. This determination was consistent with the responses obtained from 36 of the approximately 40 affected employees investigated by means of non- directed medical questionnaires; 23 of the workers questioned complained of some form of respiratory irritation, headaches, nerves, or high blood pressure, all which could be caused or aggravated by acute exposure to dust, fumes and carbon-dioxide. Recommendations are made for improving prevailing conditions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-115-425; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Industrial-plants; Air-quality-measurement; Air-sampling; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-machinery; Air-contamination; Inorganic-gases; Organic-solvents; Metalworking-industry; Respiratory-system-disorders; Exhaust-gases; Author Keywords: Farm Machinery; Paint Solvents; Dust; Welding Fumes; Carbon Monoxide
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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