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HHE Determination, Report No. HHE-77-35-423, Ford Motor Company, Vinyl Operations Plant, Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
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 77-35-423, 1977 Sep; :1-16
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on March 23-24, 1977, at the Mt. Clemens Vinyl Operations Plant of the Ford Motor Company. The survey was limited to the vinyl fabric laminator and embosser process (SIC-2295), and the wood grain vinyl decal process, and was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of the approximately 75 affected vinyl equipment operators, because an operator was found to have liver damage, or toxic hepatitis, allegedly sustained from exposure to industrial chemicals. Environmental sampling failed to demonstrate any detectable levels of vinyl-chloride (75014) monomer in the areas surveyed. Furthermore, the airborne concentrations of methyl-ethyl- ketone (78933) recorded during the cleaning operations were not toxic. The airborne concentrations of various other solvents did not exceed the prevailing standards, either individually or combined. However, lightheadedness indicated that periodic mild acute toxicity did occur. There was no objective medical data demonstrating that chemical exposure was the cause of liver damage found in the vinyl equipment operator, but there was subjective evidence suggestive of a possible toxic cause for the disorders.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-77-35-423; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Industrial-plants; Automotive-industry; Vinyl-monomers; Plastics-industry; Plastics-manufacturing; Air-quality-measurement; Chemical-carcinogens; Chlorinated-ethylenes; Liver-disorders
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