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Men's apparel industrywide Study at Levi-Strauss and Company, in Maryville, Tennessee.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 46-27, 1974 Oct; :1-3
Worker exposures to noise and airborne dust were surveyed at Levi Strauss and Company (SIC-5136) in Maryville, Tennessee on October 22, 1974. The company operated one shift per day and manufactured pants and jeans. Out of a total of 900 employees, 800 were production workers engaged in sewing operations. No medical or industrial hygiene programs were implemented, and a first aid room was maintained. There were no pre-employment medical examinations except for vision tests. Solvents or chemicals were not regularly used. Noise levels ranged from 71 to 94 decibels. Light levels were 50 foot candles (fc) in general sewing areas, and auxiliary illumination was 150fc near the sewing machine needle. Total airborne dust concentrations ranged from 0.01 to 0.891 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), which were below the OSHA nuisance dust standard of 15mg/m3. The author recommends the determination of time weighted average noise exposures and of biological effects of fabric fiber inhalation by pulmonary function tests.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-4; Air-contamination; Noise-levels; Sewing-machine-operators; First-aid; Textiles; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-function
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