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HHE determination report no. HHE-75-171-448, Owens-Illinois Glass Plant, Hapeville, Georgia.
Gamble-JF; Jones-WG; Roper-CP Jr.
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 75-171-448, 1977 Dec; :1-45
A Health Hazard Evaluation investigation was conducted by NIOSH on March 14-18, 1977, in the Forming and Selecting Departments of the Owens-Illinois Glass Container plant (SIC-3221) in Hapeville, Georgia. The survey was prompted by a request from an authorized representative of the approximately 500 affected employees contending that a previous NIOSH evaluation completed in April 1974 has considered sulfur-dioxide (7446095) exposure, but not sodium- sulfate (7757826) and other sulfur-dioxide decay products, and raising questions about the possibility of chronic lung damage resulting from airborne exposures of employees. Environmental sampling failed to detect unacceptable levels of sulfur-dioxide, sulfate, tin (7440315) compounds, chlorides and respirable particulates. Medical interviews and respiratory function tests did not demonstrate any increased risk of adverse symptoms or adverse health effects, due to exposure to airborne contaminants. No radiological abnormalities associated with occupational exposure were detected during the medical tests.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-75-171-448; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Air-sampling; Air-quality-measurement; Industrial-plants; Toxic-chemicals; Diagnostic-tests; Air-contamination; Sulfur-oxides; Heavy-metals; Glass-manufacturing-industry; Respirable-dust; Toxicology; Author Keywords: sulfur dioxide; sulfur dioxide decay products; sodium sulfate; tin tetrachloride; bottling; pulmonary function
7446-09-5; 7757-82-6; 7440-31-5
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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