Walk-Through Survey of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Cast Film Division, in St. Marys, Ohio.
Young-R; Rinsky-R; Johnson-P
NIOSH 1977 Jan; :1-11
Worker exposure to benzene (71432) vapors and noise were surveyed at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (SIC-3011), Cast Film Division in St. Marys, Ohio, on February 9 and 10, 1976. The company was under consideration for inclusion in an epidemiological study of the health effects of benzene exposure. The division manufactured clear plastic polyvinyl chloride and rubber hydrochloride films using the solvent casting method. Three shifts were worked 5 or 6 days per week, and 10 employees were assigned per shift. The company had a corporate medical director, a consultant, and a nurse for each shift. Preemployment physical examinations were given in addition to monthly examinations of workers with benzene exposure. The company had industrial health and safety programs and provided personal protection equipment. Twenty breathing zone samples collected for benzene ranged from 3.78 to 47.80 parts per million (ppm), and the 8 hour time weighted average ranged from 7.18 to 24.91ppm. The authors recommend that benzene exposure be limited to 1ppm collected at the rate of 1 liter per minute for 2 hours. They conclude that an epidemiologic evaluation of mortality patterns should be conducted at this facility.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Workplace-studies; Industrial-hazards; Epidemiology; Industrial-processes; IWS-61-10
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Division of Field Studies, Hazard Evaluations, and Industry-Wide Studies Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 pages