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HHE determination report no. HHE-75-183-303, S.W.S. Silicone Corporation, Division, Stauffer Chemical Company, Adrian, Michigan.
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 75-183-303, 1976 Jun; :1-12
Exposure to toxic dusts in the heat curable rubber compounding (HCR) area and the room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) area of the S.W.S. Silicone Corporation, (SIC-2821) Division of the Stauffer Chemical Company in Adrian, Michigan was investigated on January 28 to 29 and April 6 to 7, 1976. The investigation was requested by an authorized employee representative. Area sampling and nondirected medical interviews were conducted during the first visit. Half of the 35 employees originally interviewed reported health problems. All but two of the silica (7631869) powder or mica (12001262) air samples were below recommended criteria of 3 milligrams per cubic meter and 20 million particles per cubic foot, respectively. Particulate concentrations were generally greater in the HCR area. Skin rash, upper respiratory irritation and congestion, colds, nasal sores, short breath, wheezing, and coughing were among the symptoms reported by the workers. The authors recommend that high efficiency particulate be used in the mixing operation and that workers use protective clothing and gloves.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-75-183-303; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Synthetic-resins; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Chemical-factory-workers; Air-contamination; Air-sampling; Heat-stress; Gases; Industrial-processes; Medical-screening; Clinical-symptoms; Medical-examinations; Control-methods; Standards; Author Keywords: HCR Compounding; RTV Rubber; Fumed Silica Powders; Mica
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