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Walk-through Industrial Hygiene Survey at The Hitchcock Corporation, in Murphy, North Carolina.
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 36-15, 1975 Aug; :1-3
Worker exposures to talc (14807966) dust and the use of unguarded circular saws and an unenclosed hoist bucket were surveyed at The Hitchcock Corporation (SIC-1496) in Murphy, North Carolina on August 14, 1975. The company employed about 60 persons. The company provided no medical facilities and no medical personnel were located at the factory. Annual chest X-rays were given to employees. The company's mines and mills were periodically inspected by the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA), and the company did not have an industrial hygiene consultant or a safety program. Potential health and safety hazards included exposure to talc dust in the crayon and ground product areas, the use of unguarded circular saws and an unenclosed hoist buck for transporting workers. The author concludes that dust exposure at the bagging stations is excessive. He recommends that exhaust ventilation be installed at the bagging machine and by the palletizing area; sawing operations be shut down until saw-guards are installed and ventilation is improved; the hoist bucket should be enclosed; and the talc baggers and circular saw operators be provided with approved air purifying respirators.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Silicates; Region-4; Mineral-dusts; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-hygiene; Health-services; Air-contamination
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