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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-18-415, Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania.
Straub WE; Nelson B
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 77-18-415, 1977 Aug; :1-8
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on January 19, 1977, and April 11 and 12, 1977 to evaluate worker complaints of upper respiratory tract irritation at the Franklin Mint (SIC-3479) in Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. The evaluation was requested by an authorized employee representative on behalf of approximately 30 affected employees. Environmental sampling indicated detectable concentrations of xylene (1330207) and toluene (108883) in the spray paint and lacquer application area, a faint ozone odor from colight photo engraving equipment, and food odors from the cafeteria. Area air bag and impinger samples indicated that concentrations of 1,1,2- trichloro-1,2,2-trifluoroethane (76131), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) and methanol (67561) were within the acceptable limits. Physical examinations were consistent with the workers' reported symptoms. One incident of irritation coincided with the breakdown of a major ventilation system. Another incident coincided with a week of mandatory overtime and odors emanating from a nearby tarring operation. The authors conclude that no apparent health hazard existed at the time of the evaluation. They suggest that the respiratory conditions may have resulted from exposure to a number of contaminants at low concentrations rather than to one contaminant. The authors recommend that the programs of periodic environmental and health monitoring be continued, and that sudden demands for long periods of mandatory overtime be avoided.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-18-415; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Coating-engraving-metals; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Respiratory-system-disorders; Air-sampling; Air-contaminants; Industrial-processes; Clinical-symptoms; Work-scheduling; Humans; Author Keywords: Indoor Environmental Quality; IEQ; Ventilation; Odors; Upper Respiratory
1330-20-7; 108-88-3; 76-13-1; 71-55-6; 67-56-1
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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