Men's apparel industrywide study at Thorngate Ltd., Division of Hart Schaffner and Marx, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Hazards associated with the men's apparel industry were surveyed on August 16, 1974, at Thorngate Limited (SIC-2327) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The company employed 11 supervisors, 17 work routers, 141 sewers and 63 cutters. No formal medical or safety program existed, and no personnel were trained in first aid. Materials used at the facility were mostly wool and wool synthetic blends. About half of the sewing machines had needle guards, and most also had belt guards. Adjustable chairs were provided. The entire facility was air conditioned. Noise levels ranged from 57 to 85 decibels, and lighting levels were 80 to 300 foot candles. Several aerosol products, an ammonia type duplicating machine, and typical photographic chemicals were used. The author concludes that potential hazards may exist due to acetic-acid vapors, ammonia vapors, and noise. Local exhaust ventilation should be installed in areas where chemicals are used. Time weighted average noise exposures should be determined, audiometric testing should be provided for exposed workers, solvent concentrations should be measured in work room air, and airborne dust and lint should be characterized.
Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, NIOSH, 4 pages