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Field Survey of Rohm and Haas Company at the Bridesburg Facilities, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Johnson-WM; Donaldson-HM; Spiegel-RM
NIOSH 1972 May:9 pages
Worker exposures to chloromethylether (542881) (CME) and bis(chloromethyl)ether (542881) (BCME) during CME production were evaluated at the Bridesburg facilities of the Rohm and Haas Company (SIC-2869) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 1972. The Bridesburg facilities employed approximately 2,100 workers. A gas chromatographic monitoring system was used for workplace air monitoring of BCME. Preemployment examinations were provided, annual check ups were encouraged, a sputum cytology program was instituted to detect lung cancer, and a retrospective mortality study was conducted. An 8.17 percent lung cancer death rate in past and present company personnel was in excess of the expected 4 to 5 percent. Three cases of lung cancer in employees under 40 years of age were reported. These employees had worked in the same building where chloromethylation processes were in operation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-3; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; IWS-33-13;
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NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 pages
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