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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-214-799, M and B Metal Products, Inc., Leeds, Alabama.
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 80-214-799, 1981 Jan; :1-7
Worker exposures to airborne rayon (61788770) flock and epoxy adhesives were surveyed on September 22 and 23, 1980 at M and B Metal Products, Incorporated (SIC-3480) in Leeds, Alabama. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the United Cement, Lime, and Gypsum Workers, Local 543, on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Ventilation rates were measured and employees were interviewed concerning work related health problems. The ventilation system was adequate to control fugitive flock. Airborne flock was reduced by installing a properly functioning flock dislodging device. Workers reported throat irritation, nasal congestion and cough after few days of exposure to rayon flock dyed with Direct Blue. These symptoms did not occur when machinery was working properly and when good work practices were utilized. The authors conclude that no health hazards exist at the company. They recommend increased ventilation, use of respirators and protective gloves, and good housekeeping and work practices.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-214-799; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Acetate-fibers; Epoxy-compounds; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Author Keywords: Rayon flock; Direct dye; respiratory irritation
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