Field Survey of Ionics, Inc., Watertown, Massachusetts.
NIOSH 1972 Apr:6 pages
Worker exposures to bis(chloromethyl)ether (542881) (BCME) were surveyed at Ionics, Incorporated (SIC-2869) in Watertown, Massachusetts on April 26, 1972. The company employed 175 persons, and approximately 10 workers were involved in processes which used chloromethylether (542881) (CME). The CME processing was entirely closed with the exception of new CME drum attachment to the pump line which occurred twice a week. Protective clothing and equipment, preemployment examinations, on call services of a physician, and annual chest X-rays were provided by the company. A monitoring system was recently installed. The author concludes that the risk of CME exposure was minimal in this facility since control measures were improved, however, past exposures may have presented problems for some Ionics employees. The author recommends that a lung cancer mortality study be conducted among these workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-1; Work-operations; Safety-measures; Medical-examinations; IWS-33-12;
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 pages