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Men's Apparel, Industrywide Study at Sevier Industries Colonial Corp. of America, Inc., Subsidiary of Kaiser-Roth, in Sevierville, Tennessee.
NIOSH 1974 Nov:4 pages
Worker exposures to noise and airborne dust were surveyed at Sevier Industries (SIC-2327) in Sevierville, Tennessee on October 22, 1974. The company employed about 200 workers in the manufacture of boy's pants and operated one shift per day. No medical or industrial hygiene program existed. A first aid room was provided and first aid was given by a trained employee. The company had no nurse or physician located at the site but had arrangements with a physician to provide emergency treatment. No pre-employment medical examinations were given. Measurements of noise levels ranged from 70 to 81 decibels, and light levels ranged from 45 to 55 foot candles (fc) for the general sewing area. Auxiliary illumination for sewing was 300fc, and for the folding and cutting operations light levels were 30 and 70fc, respectively. Personal total airborne dust concentrations ranged from 0.45 to 76 milligrams per cubic meter. Bis-chloromethyl-ether was not detected in any samples. The authors conclude that noise levels were below average, and recommend pulmonary function testing of workers exposed to the dust from treated fabrics.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-4; IWS-46-28; Noise-levels; Air-contamination; Textiles; Industrial-factory-workers; First-aid; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons;
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NIOSH, Environmental Investigations Branch, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, 4 pages
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