HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-76-43-A-F-429, Hersey Products Company, Inc., Gilbertville, Massachusetts.
NIOSH 1977 Sep:57 pages
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on April 22, June 29-30 and July 1, 1976, at the Hersey Products Company, Inc., in Gilbertville, Massachusetts, a facility engaged in the founding of ferrous (SIC-3321) and non-ferrous castings (SIC- 3361). The evaluation was prompted by a request from the management regarding exposure of approximately 60 affected employees to vapors, gases, oxides, and particulates. Environmental evaluation revealed that the shell and no-bake core makers, metal pourers, and snagger- grinder operators employed in the ferrous foundry were exposed to toxic or potentially toxic concentrations of respirable crystalline silica (7631869) dust, or carbon-monoxide (630080), or iron-oxide and total particulates. In the non-ferrous foundry, workers were exposed to toxic concentrations of crystalline silica, or inorganic lead (7439921); the 5 non-ferrous foundry workers complained of a metallic taste and occasional recurrent chills suggestive of what is commonly known as brass-chills. Recommendations are made for improving the prevailing environmental conditions, use of respiratory protective equipment, and medical surveillance.
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Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-76-43-A-F-429, 57 pages, 37 references