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Walk-through survey report of exposures to estrogens at Syntex Laboratories, Inc., Palo Alto, California.
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 85-22, 1979 Jun; :1-8
Worker exposures to estrogens were studied at Syntex Laboratories, Incorporated (SIC-2833) in Palo Alto, California, on July 18 and 19, 1978. The company was under consideration for inclusion in a NIOSH study of the health effects of occupational estrogen exposure. Approximately 125 to 150 employees at the facility were assigned to the estrogen production areas surveyed. The company had a formal safety and industrial hygiene program. Medical services were provided by a resident physician and two nurses. Personnel records provided demographic information, department assignments, and absence reports. Environmental samples were taken but results were unavailable. Nine workers experienced adverse reactions to estrogen exposure during the period 1971 to 1978. The most frequent job category of affected subjects was process operator. The authors conclude that this workforce should not be included in the epidemiological study of estrogen exposure because of the relatively short exposure period of the workers, and the small number of women in the workforce. They note that this group of estrogen workers appears suitable for indepth medical studies.
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