HHE determination report no. HHE-75-158-299, Federal Products Corporation, Providence, Rhode Island.
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 75-158-299, 1976 Jun; :1-31
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on October 22-24, 1975, and January 27-29, 1976, at Federal Products, Providence, Rhode Island, a facility engaged in the manufacture of precision linear instruments (SIC-3545) and their accessories. The survey was prompted by a request from the employer regarding employee exposure to a variety of dusts, fumes and vapors. Measurements of workplace concentrations of airborne chemicals, evaluation of process operations and control measures, medical interviews, and a review of the pertinent literature led to the conclusion that exposures of employees to ammonia (7664417), beryllium (7440417), chromic-acid (7738945), lead (7439921), methyl- ethyl-ketone (78933), fumes, nitric-acid (7697372), nuisance dusts, oil mist, sodium-hydroxide (1310732), toluene-diisocyanate (1321386), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), 1,1,2-trichloro-1,2,2- trifluoroethane (354585), welding fumes, mahogany wood dust and wood dust, and operations in the print shop, dark room and lapping were not toxic to employees. Employee exposure to free silica (7631869) at the vacu-blast operation was potentially toxic. Recommendations are made to reduce the dermatitis experienced by employees in some departments.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-75-158-299; Region-1; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Industrial-plants; Air-quality-measurement; Air-contamination; Chlorinated-ethanes; Fluorinated-ethanes; Organic-solvents; Alkalies; Inorganic-acids; Skin-disorders; Halogenated-hydrocarbons;
Author Keywords: precision linear instruments; machining; finishing; assembly; gage components; solder; welding; chrome plating; silica; lead; 1,1,1-trichloroethane degreaser; welding fume particulate; ammonia