HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-77-27-437, Keller Aluminum Furniture of Indiana, Linton, Indiana, 47441.
White-GL; Stroman-RE; Colligan-M
NIOSH 1977 Oct:27 pages
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on January 31 and February 2 and 7, 1977, at Keller Aluminum Furniture (SIC-2514) of Indiana, in Linton, Indiana. The survey was prompted by a request from the employer regarding the unknown cause of production line employee illness (dizziness, headache, nausea, burning throat, weakness) recorded on November 19, 24 and 29, 1976, that involved 96 of the 357 affected employees. Environmental and medical studies failed to detect definite evidence that toxic substances caused the outbreaks of illness mentioned. Numerous environmental conditions such as ventilation, noise, dry air, diesel exhaust, a natural gas leak, etc., could have contributed to the outbreaks of illness but no environmental toxins were found that could totally account for the continuing episodes. Behavioral factors may have been involved, especially since significant psychological differences were found between affected and nonaffected workers. Recommendations are made for improving the work environment.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-77-27-437; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Industrial-plants; Aluminum-industry; Furniture-industry; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Psychological-factors; Exhaust-gases; Ventilation-systems;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluation Services Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-77-27-437, 27 pages, 8 references