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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-127-692, Stauffer Chemial Company, Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 78-127-692, 1980 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00098083
Abstract
An evaluation of delayed neurotoxic effects from possible exposure to o-ethyl-o,p-nitrophenyl-phenylphosphonothioate (EPN) (2104645) was performed following an accidental explosion at the Stauffer Chemical Company (SIC-2879), Chicago Heights, Illinois. The explosion occurred on August 18, 1978, and the neurological evaluations of 53 persons were performed at an unspecified date following the explosion, at the request of Stauffer Chemical Company and the Illinois Department of Health. The evaluation included a medical history, clinical neurological examination, electromyography, and nerve conduction studies. Eight cases of definite or possible peripheral neuropathy were detected, but none were typical of toxic neuropathy. Methodologic problems with the study and low numbers of participants prevented a meaningful epidemiological analysis of the data. NIOSH suggests that in other EPN operations, Stauffer follow standard recommendations for pesticide manufacturing. Continued medical follow-up should be available to all workers exposed to EPN. Firefighting and rescue workers responding to chemical fires should be adequately protected.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-127-692; Region-5; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Nervous-system-disorders; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Air-contaminants; Industrial-emissions; Industrial-factory-workers; Combustion-products; Accidents; Chemical-factory-workers; Author Keywords: Peripheral Neuropathy; EPN; O-Ethyl O-P-Nitrophenyl Phenylphosphonothioate; Organophosphate Insecticide
CAS No.
2104-64-5
Publication Date
19800601
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-112104
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-78-127-692
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2879
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IL; OH
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