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HHE determination report no. HHE-77-111-501, Allied Chemical Corporation, Danville, Illinois, June 1978.
Gilles D; Lybarger 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 77-111-501, 1978 Jun; :1-38
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on December 12 and 13, 1977, and February 22 to 24, 1978, to evaluate employee exposure to chlorofluorocarbons at Allied Chemical Corporation (SIC-2869) in Danville, Illinois. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative of the International Chemical Workers Union, Local 617, on behalf of the approximately 45 affected employees. Seven persons had at least one abnormal liver function test result and fifteen had at least one abnormal kidney function test result. Four workers had a lowered hemoglobin or hematocrit. All environmental sample chemical concentrations were below the current standards. Based on the excessive percentage of workers with abnormal results on kidney tests, the authors conclude that a health hazard does exist. A hazard also is indicated by the high rate of abnormal liver function tests in packagers and laboratory technicians. The authors recommend that the planned changes in the medical program be implemented, that the company provide annual liver function tests for all workers previously exposed to vinyl-chloride (75014), and that workers be educated about the potential hazards and toxic symptoms associated with the chemicals used in the facility.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-111-501; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Chemical-industry; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Air-contaminants; Air-sampling; Chemical-exposure; Unions; Chemical-factory-workers; Clinical-tests; Control-methods; Humans; Author Keywords: fluorocarbons; vinyl chloride; carbon tetrachloride; acid
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