HHE Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-2, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hilo, Hawaii.
NIOSH 1980 Jun:12 pages
Environmental surveys were conducted between January 14 and 16, 1980 at three Hawaiian fruit packing facilities (SIC-0723) to determine employee exposure to ethylene-dibromide (106934) (EDB) and ambient concentrations of EDB. The personnel and area samples were collected during representative work shifts and normal operating conditions in the fumigation chambers where EDB is used. The majority of samples collected for EDB were below the limits of detection. Samples of measurable concentrations ranged from 0.14 to current OSHA standard of 20ppm based on an 8 hour time weighted average. The authors conclude that EDB concentrations at the facilities are well below current OSHA standards but that the suspected carcinogenicity of EDB warrants consideration of the NIOSH recommended standard of 0.13ppm for a 15 minute period. They recommend that the employers institute a continuing education program for workers, provide proper and well maintained safety equipment such as respirators, properly maintain the ventilation system and work environment, and conduct a regular environmental and medical monitoring program.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-80-2; Region-9; Crop-preparation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Natural-products; Food-handlers; Work-environment; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Air-contaminants; Air-sampling; Packaging;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 pages, 2 references