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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-77-58-428, Steiger Tractor, Inc., Fargo, North Dakota, September, 1977.
Gunter BJ; Ruhe RL; Zey J
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 77-58-428, 1977 Sep; :1-12
Xylene (1330207), toluene (108883), isopropanol (67630), 1,1,1- trichloroethane (71556), petroleum-naphtha (8030306), iron-oxide (1309371), manganese (7439965), aluminum (7429905) and lead (7439921) exposures were investigated at Steiger Tractor, Incorporated, (SIC-3523), Fargo, North Dakota, on May 9 to 13, 1977. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers requested the investigation. Area and personal air sampling was conducted to detect welding and painting fumes in work areas employing 100 people. Medical and work histories were collected from 64 workers. Exposures to iron-oxide (1309371), lead-xylene, and isopropanol exceeded OSHA standards of 10.0, 0.2, 435.0, and 980.0 milligrams per cubic meter, respectively, for only a very low percentage of the total work force. Although these exposures were in excess of standards, no health hazard was suggested. Symptoms generally related to welding fumes and solvent overexposures were reported by 32 percent of the interviewed workers. Recommendations were made to improve the rim building's exhaust system, to increase maintenance of the welding ventilation, to provide respirators, and to change paint and sanding booth filters more frequently.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-58-428; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Farm-machinery; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-8; Industrial-factory-workers; Chemical-exposure; Industrial-processes; Humans; Air-contaminants; Air-sampling; Gases; Analytical-methods; Clinical-symptoms; Occupational-health-programs; Control-methods; Author Keywords: Isopropanol; Petroleum Naphtha; Xylene; Iron Oxide; Lead; Welding Fumes
1330-20-7; 108-88-3; 67-63-0; 71-55-6; 8030-30-6; 1309-37-1; 7439-96-5; 7429-90-5; 7439-92-1; 1309-37-1
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