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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-77-27-437, Keller Aluminum Furniture of Indiana, Linton, Indiana.
White-GL; Stroman-RE; Colligan-M
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 77-27-437, 1977 Oct; :1-27
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; Author Keywords: Aluminum Lawn Furniture; Carbon Monoxide; Nitrogen Dioxide; Diesel Exhaust
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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