Men's Apparel Industrywide Study at Hutch Sporting Goods, Inc., Division of Fugua Industries, Inc. 1948 West 8th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.
NIOSH 1974 Sep:3 pages
Equipment, raw materials, manufacturing methods and work practices were investigated to identify possible health hazards at Hutch Sporting Goods, Incorporated (SIC-2329) in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 8, 1974. This company was included in the initial phase of a NIOSH survey of the men's apparel industry. Approximately 120 production workers and 20 office personnel were employed at the facility. No formal medical, industrial hygiene or safety program was available. A safety and first aid man was employed, and the company depended on a nearby fire department to handle emergency situations. Material was cut with electric knives and dies, then sewn by machine. To make protective equipment, plastic sheets were softened and molded. Foam pads were bonded to the molded plastic, squeezed together and the edges were ground smooth. A protective coating of polyvinyl-chloride-plastisol was added to the pads. Local ventilation was used to control dust generated by a grinder in the pad smoothing operation. Potential health hazards existed from skin and respiratory exposure to talc (14807966), cements, vinyl- chloride (75014) and solvents. Machines which stitched heavy material were noisier than the regular machines. The author notes that further surveys of this facility may include solvent, talc, dust, and noise measurements.
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