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HHE determination report no. HHE-74-136-284, GAF Office Systems Division, Johnson City, New York.
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 74-136-284, 1976 Apr; :1-22
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on January 13-15 and April 8-10, 1975, and January 12-13, 1976, at the GAF Office Systems Division, Johnson City, New York, manufacturers of repro-sensitizing products (SIC-3861). The survey was prompted by a request from a representative of 125 affected employees, alleging exposure of workers to excessive dusts, mists and a variety of chemicals and solvents, as well as medical illness, early retirement and death from cardiovascular disease due to occupational exposure. Medical and environmental data failed to show the presence of toxic concentrations of chemicals and dusts in the ball milling and solvent based coating operations, although a potential health hazard due to exposure to silica (7631869) may exist during the preparation of the coating solutions. Nuisance dust did not present a health hazard in the converting departments, while a potential hazard from exposure to silica may exist in the building that serves as a warehouse for a wide variety of substances. Cross- sectional analysis of employee medical records indicated that the possibility exists that an excess number of cases of cardiovascular diseases have occurred at GAF.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-74-136-284; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Industrial-plants; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Organic-solvents; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Silica-dusts; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Particulate-dust; Respirable-dust; Organic-coatings; Chemical-processing-industry; Ketones; Author Keywords: acetone; methyl ethyl ketone; MEK; silica; cardiovascular disease
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