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Men's Apparel Industrywide Study at Levi-Strauss and Company, in Maryville, Tennessee.
NIOSH 1974 Oct:3 pages
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; IWS-46-27; Air-contamination; Noise-levels; Sewing-machine-operators; First-aid; Textiles; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-function;
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NIOSH, Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, 3 pages
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