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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-13-577, Equitable Bag Company, Inc., Florence, Kentucky.

Authors
Price JH
Source
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 78-13-577, 1979 Apr; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
00092139
Abstract
Environmental sampling, analyses of wet stock paper, confidential employee interviews, observation of work practices, and a review of the workplace and materials used were conducted to evaluate the possible exposure of 20 employees to formaldehyde (50000) at the Equitable Bag Company, Incorporated (SIC-7399) in Florence Kentucky. The request was made by an authorized employee representative and the evaluation was performed on January 12, August 10 and 16, and September 20, 1978. Personal and area samples were analyzed for formaldehyde, acetaldehyde (75070) and valeraldehyde (110623). Propionaldehyde (123386) and butyraldehyde (123728) content also was measured. Personal and area samples for formaldehyde ranged from time weighted average exposure limit of 3ppm. Environmental samples for total aldehydes were below the analytical limits of detection. During medical interviews, workers complained of respiratory and eye irritations, chest discomfort, and dermatitis. The reports of symptoms were more common during the summer months. The author concludes that a potential for excessive formaldehyde exposure did exist especially during warm weather and recommends that a maximum number of exhaust fans be used during periods of elevated temperatures, additional ventilation be installed at locations where wet stock paper is processed or stored, periodic sampling be conducted to prevent overexposures to formaldehyde, and precautions be taken to avoid needless environmental contamination from bags of lead chromate pigment stored in the facility.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-13-577; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Region-4; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Air-quality-measurement; Work-environment; Ventilation-systems; Toxic-substances; Packaging; Author Keywords: Formaldehyde; Mucous Membrane Irritation (Upper Respiratory and Eye): Chest Discomfort; Dermatitis
CAS No.
50-00-0; 75-07-0; 110-62-3; 123-38-6; 123-72-8
Publication Date
19790401
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-198377
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-78-13-577
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
7399
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY; OH
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