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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-96-595, Samsonite Inc., Denver, Colorado.
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 78-96-595, 1979 May; :1-35
An environmental and medical survey was conducted on August 30, and 31, 1978 at Samsonite, Inc., (SIC-3161) Denver, Colorado. The survey was requested by an employee representative to determine potentially toxic exposure of approximately 175 employees to various chemicals used in 10 specific areas of the facility. Analysis of air samples revealed elevated levels of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) at the assembly line (496 parts per million parts of air (ppm)), and total particulates in the powdered paint room (15.2 milligrams per cubic meter of air (mg/cu m)) that exceeded OSHA standards of 350 ppm and 15 mg/cu m, respectively. Medical evaluations revealed work related dermatologic disorders for putty and file workers. Heat and humidity appeared to increase the prevalence of rashes. Recommendations resulting from the evaluation cover ventilation improvements, use of protective equipment, and improved hygiene facilities.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-8; Hazards-Confirmed; Air-sampling; Miscellaneous-manufacturing; Medical-screening; Author Keywords: 1,1,1-Trichloroethane; Powdered Paint; Welding Fumes; Nickel; Zinc Oxide; Total Particulate; Skin Rash; Suitcase; Briefcase
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