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Health hazard evaluation determination report no. HHE-79-25-607, A. H. Vela Co., New York City, New York.
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 79-25-607, 1979 Jul; :1-6
Exposure to chemicals possibly contributing to peripheral neuropathy in one employee involved in the printing operations at the A. H. Vela Co. (SIC-2741) in New York City, New York were evaluated on December 28, 1978 and January 10, 1979 at the request of the affected employee. Evaluation included inspection of the workplace, environmental sampling, laboratory determination, literature review, personal interview, and review of personal medical records. Samples of airborne contaminants collected in the breathing zone of the five press operations and clean up operations were analyzed using what was identified as NIOSH method S90, which calls for absorption, desorption, and standardized gas chromatography. The results of the survey indicated that the exposure levels of both n-hexane (110543), and butyl-acetate (123864), were far below permissible exposure levels established by OSHA (1,800 and 710 milligrams per cubic meter of air respectively). No relationship between chemical exposure and the worker's neurological disorder could be established.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-2; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Air-sampling; Medical-screening; Printing-and-publishing; HHE-79-25-607; Author Keywords: printing; solvents; n-hexane
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