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Summary status report of an investigation of an incident of toxic polyneuropathy at the Borden Chemical Company's Columbus Coated Fabrics Division, Columbus, Ohio, Report No. IWS-47-10a.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1973 Nov; :1-57
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00107388
Abstract
Peripheral neuropathy among workers at the Borden Chemical Company's Columbus Coated Fabrics Division (SIC-2295) in Columbus, Ohio, was investigated by the Ohio Department of Public Health and NIOSH on September 11, 1973. Medical and neurological examinations revealed that approximately 49 workers had peripheral neuropathy, with 35 of these workers employed in print shop areas. Environmental measurements indicated that methyl-butyl-ketone (591786) (MBK) and methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), (MEK) exceeded safe limits in the print shop areas. The most common symptom among those with peripheral neuropathy was general weakness usually in the distal muscles of the arms and legs. Several recommendations were made by the examining physicians, including discontinuing the use of MBK, use of respirators among print shop workers, chemical analyses of all chemicals in use at the company, institution of a medical monitoring program, and observance of industrial and personal hygienic practices.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-47-10a; Region-5; Health-survey; Coatings; Chemical-processing; Worker-health; Nervous-system-disorders; Medical-examinations; Textiles-industry
CAS No.
591-78-6; 78-93-3
Publication Date
19731101
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1974
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-122915
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
IWS-47-10a
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
SIC Code
2295
Source Name
NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Report No. IWS-47-10a
State
OH
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