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Survey of 3M Company, Fairmont Plant, Fairmont, Minnesota.

Authors
Marcelens T; Mallov JS
Source
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 47-20, 1975 Jan; :1-17
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NIOSHTIC No.
00107310
Abstract
Occupational exposure to organic vapors was determined at the 3M Company (SIC-2821) in Fairmont, Minnesota on June 19 to 20, 1974. Approximately 328 people were employed at the facility. The company had a first aid room, an industrial hygiene coordinator, a safety committee, and an agreement with outside physicians to treat workers. Air and bulk samples were collected to measure the concentrations of various chemicals. Several workers received medical examinations and gave their medical histories. Ethyl- acetate (141786) was found in concentrations greater than 5 percent of the threshold value. All bulk samples contained concentrations less than the minimum detectable level. Local exhausts on the adhesive coating unit, and the height of the exhaust stack leading from the oven room needed redesigning. No organic diseases or symptoms reported in the medical histories were directly linked to toxic chemicals except for the workers exposed to ethyl-acetate in the curing ovens. The authors conclude that no potential hazards existed from organic vapor exposure. They recommend redesigning the ventilation system, a better exhaust system for the adhesive coating unit, the use of respirators when workers clean ovens, having employees shower and change clothes before leaving work, and having workers use impermeable gloves.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Synthetic-resins; Region-5; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs
CAS No.
141-78-6
Publication Date
19750101
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1975
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-229551
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-47-20
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
SIC Code
2821
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN; OH
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