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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-65-514, Carleton Stewart Music Company, Mason City, Iowa.
Hervin RL; Donohue MT; Ruhe RL
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 78-65-514, 1978 Aug; :1-18
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted from April 10 to 13, 1978, to evaluate worker exposures to trichloroethylene (79016) and other chemicals used for instrument repair at the Carleton Stewart Music Company (SIC-3931) in Mason City, Iowa. The evaluation was requested by the owner on behalf of approximately eight affected employees. The environmental samples revealed that all chemical concentrations were below their respective environmental criteria. Bacteria and fungus samples revealed organisms ubiquitous to the environment. The instrument repair operator's exposure to organic compounds was significant but was still below recommended criteria. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist during the period of the evaluation. They recommend that the dipping, degreasing and silver soldering operations be consolidated to lessen the possibility of contamination, that all solvent containers be provided with local ventilation and tight fitting lids, that better ventilation systems be installed, that trichloroethylene exposures be reduced as low as possible and that protective clothing be provided and personal hygiene be emphasized to all employees.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-65-514; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-6; Toxic-chemicals; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Organic-solvents; Occupational-exposure; Humans; Protective-equipment; Author Keywords: Organic Compounds; Microorganisms; Musical Instruments
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