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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-71-633, Kentile Floors, Inc., Brooklyn, 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 78-71-633, 1979 Nov; :1-23
Environmental air sampling, medical interviews and evaluations, and observations of work practices were conducted at Kentile Floor, Incorporated, (SIC-3292) Brooklyn, New York on July 10, September 25 and 26, and October 23 to 25, 1978 to evaluate exposures to asbestos (1332214), asphalt (8052424), vinyl-chloride monomer (75014), dyes and pigments. The company employed 370 workers, and an authorized employee representative requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 75 affected employees. Three of 30 environmental air samples for asbestos (0.11, 0.11, and 0.12 fibers per cubic centimeter) exceeded the OSHA recommended criteria of 0.10 fibers per cubic centimeter. All other parameters tested were within recommended exposure limits. The only evidence of work related illness involved one case of contact dermatitis. NIOSH recommendations include proper use of exhaust ventilation, use of safety equipment in all operations, identification of carcinogenic chemicals, proper cleaning of the work clothes of men exposed to asbestos, and elimination of the use of dianisidine.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-71-633; Region-2; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Asbestos-products; Hazard-Confirmed; Asbestos-workers; Air-sampling; Airborne-contaminants; Asbestos-dust; Toxic-substances; Medical-monitoring; Protective-measures; Industrial-hygiene; Work-practices; Author Keywords: asbestos; total nuisance dust; mineral spirits; benzene; polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons; PNA; benzo(a)pyrene; chrysene; pyrene; benzo(a)anthracene; fluoranthene; carbon black; benzene-soluble fraction; contact dermatitis
1332-21-4; 8052-42-4; 75-01-4
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