HHE report no. HHE-80-188-797, Metamora Products Corporation, Elkland, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-188-797, 1981 Jan; :1-5
Worker exposures to organic solvents and dust were surveyed on September 17, 1980 at Metamora Products Corporation (SIC-2821) in Elkland, Pennsylvania. The evaluation was requested by an unspecified number of company employees. Air samples were collected on the injection molding area and were analyzed for total particulates, acrylonitrile (107131), styrene (100425), and 1,3- butadiene (106990) vapor. Workers also were interviewed about work related health disorders. Concentrations of all agents were below the environmental criteria of 45, 420, 2,200, and 10 milligrams per cubic meter for acrylonitrile, styrene, 1,3-butadiene, and total particulates, respectively. Two employees reported dryness of nasal mucous membranes. The authors conclude that no health hazard exists at this company. They recommend worker education about the hazards of chemicals used at the workplace, good personal hygiene and work practices, and regular servicing of local exhaust ventilation systems.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-188-797; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Organic-solvents; Dust-exposure; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Plastics; Industrial-hygiene;
Author Keywords: acrylonitrile; styrene; 1,3-butadiene; total particulate
107-13-1; 100-42-5; 106-99-0
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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