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Safety information profile: bleaching processes associated with the textile industry.
NIOSH 1979 Apr; :1-44
A safety information profile is presented for the textile bleaching industry (SIC-2231). Fire, explosion, and health hazards are described and hazard control measures for bleaching by chemical oxidation, normally using hydrogen-peroxide (7722841) and infrequently using sodium-chlorite (7758192) and sodium-hypochlorite (7681529), are reviewed. Occupational accident and illness statistics are tabulated and industry trends and existing standards are discussed. Names and addresses of industry associations, unions, companies, and other interested parties are given. It is concluded that industry injury rates probably are not excessive, injury rate data for the textile bleaching process should be collected and reviewed, and federal regulations for control of bleaching process occupational hazards are inadequate. Federal adoption of industrial association guidelines for the control of hydrogen peroxide hazards is recommended.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0130; Textile-industry; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Accident-statistics; Industrial-operations; Industrial-processes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-hazards; Textile-machinery
7722-84-1; 7758-19-2; 7681-52-9
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Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia
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