HHE Determination Report No. HHE-77-26-472, Rola Company, Division of Pemcor, Inc., Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1978 Mar:18 pages
An investigation based on a joint employer/employee request concerning the reported illness of employees working with adhesives has been conducted. The company manufactures high fidelity speakers (SIC-3651) utilizing production line techniques. Employees considered to be at greatest risk were monitored for organic vapors using personal and area sampling methods. Samples were subsequently analyzed by gas chromatography for acetone (67641), ethyl-alcohol (64175), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), toluene (108883), isopropanol (67630), butyl-acetate (12384), isopropyl-acetate (108214), heptane (142825), butyl- cellosolve (111762) and 1,1,1-trifluoroethane (74873). Informed consent was obtained, and a directed medical questionnaire was administered to 88 female workers out of a total of 300 (29 percent). It was determined that exposures to organic vapors were not toxic under the conditions of use noted over several visits. A review of available data has also indicated that a potential health hazard may exist regarding the number of nontherapeutic abortions and menstrual problems experienced by women in this plant. Recommendations for an additional evaluation and for maintaining records to aid in the evaluation are presented.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-77-26-472; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Air-sampling; Adhesives; Fumes; Air-contamination; Vapors; Ketones; Esters; Acetates; Alcohols; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Solvents; Industrial-hygiene; Recording-instruments; Occupational-health; Females;
67-64-1; 64-17-5; 78-93-3; 108-10-1; 108-88-3; 67-63-0; 12-38-4; 108-21-4; 142-82-5; 111-76-2; 74-87-3;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, HHE-77-26-472, 18 pages