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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-38-512, Trans World Airlines, Corporation, Los Angeles, California, July 1978.
Okawa-MT; Blejer-HP; Solomon-RM
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 78-38-512, 1978 Jul; :1-13
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on April 3, 4, and 24, 1978, to evaluate worker exposures to the chemicals used at the Trans World Airlines Maintenance Shop (SIC-4582) at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative of employees of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge Number 1111, on behalf of approximately 80 affected employees. All environmental samples were below evaluation standards. The medical surveys revealed one job related condition, pimples and irritation in nostrils, due to an improperly fitted respirator. The authors conclude that a potential hazard exists due to sporadic and short term exposures to a variety of chemicals. They recommend that the medical program be improved to ensure that worker health is adequately monitored and that the respirator program be improved and updated.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-38-512; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Aircraft-servicing; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-9; Data-collection; Chemical-exposure; Airport-personnel; Air-contaminants; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Medical-monitoring; Control-methods; Unions; Humans; Author Keywords: methyl chloroform; trichloroethylene; octane; nonane; acetone; isopropyl alcohol; methyl ethyl ketone; toluene; xylene; isobutyl acetate; paint spraying; butyl cellosolve; nasal irritation
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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