HHE determination report no. HHE-79-118-733, Philbrick, Booth and Spencer, Hartford, Connecticut.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 79-118-733, 1980 Oct; :1-20
Personal air samples were analyzed for total and respirable particulates, silica (7631869), nickel (7440020), chromium (7440473), iron-oxide (1345251), copper (7440508), manganese (7439965), lead (7439921), methylene-bisphenyl-isocyanate (101688) (MDI), phenol (108952), ammonia (7664417), acrolein (107028), and carbon-monoxide (630080) at the Philbrick, Booth, and Spencer Company (SIC-3325) in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 2 and 3, 1979. The evaluation was requested by the management on behalf of approximately 125 workers. Chest X-rays of the employees were also reviewed. The OSHA standard of 10 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM) for free silica was equaled in several work areas. Iron- oxide concentrations were at or below the OSHA standard of 10mg/CuM. Nickel concentrations ranged from 0.01 to 0.17mg/CuM, compared with the OSHA standard of 1mg/CuM. Chromium concentrations varied from Copper concentrations ranged from 0.15 to 0.32mg/CuM, compared to the OSHA standard of 0.1mg/CuM. Concentrations of manganese, lead, carbon-monoxide, acrolein, MDI, ammonia, and phenol were all below permissible exposure concentrations. X-rays revealed four cases of possible pneumoconiosis. The author recommends improvements in the existing medical surveillance program, at implementation of a respirator program, and improvements in housekeeping and ventilation.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-79-118-733; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-1; Health-surveys; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Health-services; Industrial-processes; Control-methods; Occupational-health-programs;
Author Keywords: respirable and total particulate; free silica; iron oxide; nickel; chromium; copper fume; pneumoconiosis