Men's Apparel Industrywide Study at Gant Shirtmakers Division of Consolidated Foods, Salisbury, Maryland.
Hazards associated with the man's apparel industry were surveyed on May 9, 1974, at Gant Shirtmakers (SIC-2321) in Salisbury, Maryland. The company employed 50 cutters and 300 stitchers. Some workers were trained in first aid, and a local physician was available for serious injuries. The safety committee was composed of foremen, maintenance men and the general manager. Materials used were permanent press cottons and synthetics. Air conditioning was used for ventilation. Dust and lint was found in a few areas of the facility, but no sampling was performed. Noise levels were below 60 to 87 decibels, and lighting levels were 100 to 500 foot candles. The author concludes that dust and lint may pose a respiratory hazard, especially if formaldehyde is released. Recommendations include characterization of airborne dust, testing of pulmonary function among the workers, determination of time weighted average noise exposures, and audiometric testing of workers exposed to noise levels greater than 85 decibels.
Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, NIOSH, 2 pages