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Men's apparel industrywide study at Edric Manufacturing Company, Division of Public Shirt Corp., Columbia, Tennessee.
NIOSH 1974 Nov; :1-3
Hazards associated with the men's apparel industry were surveyed on October 29, 1974, at Edric Manufacturing Company (SIC-2321) in Columbia, Tennessee. The company employed 310 sewers, 38 cutters, 55 pressers and 3 shippers. A first aid room was available and several employees were trained in first aid care. No formal safety program existed. The materials used at the facility included cotton and polyester blends. Sewing machines had needle and belt guards, and button sewing machines had plastic eye shields. General ventilation was provided by rooftop air conditioning units, and local ventilation was found in some areas. Noise levels ranged from 67 to 94 decibels, and illumination levels were 40 to 300 foot candles. Dust concentrations were 1.1 to 1.8 milligrams per cubic meter. Fire protection was provided by a general sprinkler system. An unspecified solvent was used for spot cleaning. The author concludes that a potential health hazard may exist from solvent exposure. Recommendations include determination of time weighted average noise exposures, measurement of solvent exposure, and characterization of airborne dust.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-4; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Air-contamination; Noise-analysis; First-aid; Accident-potential; Environmental-engineering; Industrial-health-programs; Cotton-fabrics; Synthetic-materials; IWS-46-21
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, NIOSH, 3 pages
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