Walk Through Survey Report of Exposure to Estrogens at Syntex (F.P.) Inc., Humacao, Puerto Rico.
NIOSH 1979 Jul:8 pages
Worker exposures to estrogens were studied at Syntex, Incorporated (SIC-2833) in Humacao, Puerto Rico, from May 24 to 25, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational estrogen exposure. Approximately 50 of the employees at the facility were assigned to the estrogen manufacturing areas. The company had a formal safety and industrial program. Medical services were furnished by a part time physician and a full time nurse. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and absence reports. Four major work categories were noted where employees may be exposed to the estrogen products: process operators, packaging operators, quality assurance inspectors or laboratory technicians, and maintenance personnel. The author concludes that both a mortality and reproductive study of this workforce are not feasible because of the small number of exposed workers, the short exposure period, and the small percentage of female workers. He recommends, however, that this workforce be considered for inclusion in the estrogen hazard survey if no other suitable worker populations can be found.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-2; Estrogenic-hormones; Worker-health; Demographic-characteristics; IWS-85-15;
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Industry-wide, Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 pages