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HHE determination report no. HHE-74-10-258, Western Electric Company, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Chrostek WJ; Thoburn TW
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 74-10-258, 1976 Jan; :1-13
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on February 19, 1974, and January 29, 1975, at Western Electric Company, in Reading, Pennsylvania. The survey was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of the approximately 25 affected employees regarding exposure to inhalation of dust during injection molding (SIC-3079) of epoxy resins. Environmental sampling, medical interviews, and examination of the skin of some of the workers revealed that although airborne concentrations of epoxy resin dust were not excessive in the work atmosphere, there is evidence of dermatitis in a few individuals which is probably job related. The causative agent is a black or grey epoxy resin purchased under different trade names. Information received from the management disclosed that no asbestos (1332214) was present. However, minute amounts of fibrous glass were incorporated in one of the resins. Concentrations of air contaminants were not excessive.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-74-10-258; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Industrial-plants; Dust-inhalation; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Epoxy-compounds; Skin-disorders; Electronics-industry; Plastics-manufacturing; Author Keywords: epoxy resin; asbestos; fibrous glass; epichlorohydrin
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