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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-12-418, Airtex Products Fairfield, Illinois.
Gilles-D; Anania-TL; Ilka-R
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 77-12-418, 1977 Sep; :1-20
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on March 2-3, 1977, at the Airtex Products plant, in Fairfield, Illinois, a facility engaged in the manufacture of automobile replacement parts (SIC-3714). The survey was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of the about 200 affected employees regarding exposure to solvents. Environmental air samples, employee interviews, evaluation of ventilation systems and available toxicity information lead to the conclusion that exposures to monochlorobenzene (108907), isopropyl-alcohol (67630), methyl- ethyl-ketone (78933), toluene (108883), trichloroethylene (79016), sodium-hydroxide (1310732), phosgene (75445), zinc-oxide, cadmium (7440439), fluorides, hydrochloric-acid (7647010), and oil mist did not pose a health hazard at the concentrations measured at the time of evaluation. It is felt that the cause of the problems (such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, breathing difficulties, nose bleeds, etc.) at Airtex is a multifactorial one and involves an inefficient ventilation system which combines with the employees lack of information regarding the materials they use to cause fear and anxiety, and subsequent appearance of the types of problems reported.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-77-12-418; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Industrial-plants; Organic-solvents; Metallic-dusts; Chlorinated-ethylenes; Chlorinated-benzenes; Heavy-metals; Inorganic-acids; Air-quality-measurement; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Psychological-factors; Author Keywords: ventilation system; anxiety
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