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HHE determination report no. HHE-76-55-443, Certain-Teed Products, Inc., Tacoma, Washington.
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 76-55-443, 1977 Nov; :1-32
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was performed by NIOSH on October 12-13, 1976, and March 16 and 24, 1977, at the Certain-Teed Products plant in Tacoma, Washington, a facility engaged in the processing of felt and fibrous glass asphalt shingles (SIC-2952) and rolled roofing products. The survey was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of the approximately 20 affected employees to determine whether production materials are toxic as used or found. Environmental sampling revealed that employees' exposure to asphalt fume and total dust was toxic. The coater man was exposed to asphalt fume concentrations in excess of the evaluation criteria, and other workers were exposed to total dust concentrations in excess of 10 milligrams per cubic meter of air. Eye irritation or redness of the conjunctiva were experienced by the employees exposed to fibrous glass and formaldehyde (50000). Recommendations are made for improving exhaust ventilation and working conditions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-55-443; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-10; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-plants; Toxic-chemicals; Industrial-hygiene; Roofing-industry; Eye-disorders; Respiratory-irritation; Skin-disorders; Particulate-dust; Toxicology; Author Keywords: asphalt fume; total dust; particulates; irritation
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