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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-27-551, Bomber Bait Company, Gainesville, Texas.
Markel HL; Thoburn T
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 78-27-551, 1978 Dec; :1-12
Environmental and breathing zone samples were taken to measure concentrations of toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), acetone (67641), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), ethylene-glycol-monoethyl- ether-acetate (110496), and fibrous glass at the Bomber Bait Company (SIC-3949) in Gainesville, Texas on December 7, 1977. The evaluation was requested by the employer on behalf of approximately 19 employees. Workroom concentrations of all chemicals measured were below applicable OSHA standards. Workers reported skin irritations involving primarily the face, neck, shoulders, upper back, chest and arms. Symptom onset coincided with the use of the heat phase of the heating and cooling ventilation system. Air samples from the duct outlets contained significant amounts of fibrous glass. The authors conclude that the skin irritations were due to the fibrous glass. They recommend that painted lures not be placed beneath the ceiling return air grills, that workers use protective clothing, and that thinners and solvents are kept in containers with self closing lids.
Region 6; NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-27-551; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Sporting-and-athletic-goods; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-7; Painting; Ventilation-systems; Air-contamination; Air-flow; Clinical-symptoms; Air-sampling; Work-practices; Climatic-factors; Author Keywords: fibrous glass; solvents; skin irritant; fishing lures
108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 67-64-1; 78-93-3; 110-49-6
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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