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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-24-525, United Parcel Service, Latham, New York, September, 1978.
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 78-24-525, 1978 Sep; :1-14
Employee exposures to total and respirable nuisance dust were determined on February 22 and 23, 1978 at United Parcel Service (SIC- 7331) in Latham, New York. The Chief Steward of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 294 requested the evaluation of behalf of approximately eight affected employees. Some workers completed a nondirected medical questionnaire. Environmental total and respirable dust concentrations were well below the respective OSHA standards of 15 and 5 milligrams per cubic meter. One worker on the red conveyor belt reported symptoms consisted with the presence of an irritant agent, and the two NIOSH investigators experienced eye and upper respiratory irritations when in this area of the facility. The author concludes that no dust hazard existed at the time of the survey, and suggests that the irritation symptoms may be due to sulfur-dioxide (7446095). The sulfur content of the fuel oil used at the facility should be determined.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-24-525; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Hazardous-chemicals; Vapors; Air-contaminants; Dust-inhalation; Fuel-oils; Occupational-exposure; Materials-handling; Humans; Unions; Author Keywords: total nuisance dust; respirable nuisance dust; conveyor belt
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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