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Health hazard evaluation determination report no. HHE-80-110-724, Fairchild Industrial Products, Commack, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-110-724, 1980 Jul; :1-9
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on April 8 and 24, 1980, to investigate the cause of outbreaks of illness among employees at Fairchild Industrial Products Building number 76 assembly facility (SIC-3728) in Commack, New Jersey. The investigation was requested by the business representative of local 1470, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on behalf of the 63 affected employees. All airborne solvent concentrations were below OSHA permissible limits. About 30 workers experienced a consistent pattern of symptoms including irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, and feelings of pressure at the base of the head; at times lightheadedness and metallic or bitter taste in the mouth also occurred. In almost all cases, the symptoms occurred after smelling an odor variously described as chlorine like or cleaning fluid. In most cases the symptoms were relieved by leaving the work area for fresh air. The author concludes that hazardous exposure to solvents probably did occur at the times of the illness outbreaks. She recommends that ventilation systems be repaired and expanded, that smoking, eating, and drinking be prohibited in the work area, and that degreasers be maintained and cleaned regularly.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-80-110-724; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Industrial-hygiene; Workplace-studies; Safety-measures; Health-protection; Health-engineering; Author Keywords: Freon 113; methyl chloroform; isopropyl alcohol; toluene; perchloroethylene; irritation; headache
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