HHE Report No. HHE-79-158-819, Morrilton Plastics Corporation, Morrilton, Arkansas.
Worker exposures to various solvents, glues and other toxic compounds were surveyed in the production area of Morrilton Plastics Corporation (SIC-3079) in Morrilton, Arkansas on April 8, 1980. The evaluation was requested by an authorized employee representative on behalf of about 125 employees. Personal breathing zone general area air samples were collected, and employees completed a medical symptom questionnaire. Concentrations of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), tetrahydrofuran (109999), acetone (67641), methylene- chloride (75092), phenol (108952), vinyl-chloride (75014), methyl- ethyl-ketone (78933), and toluene (108883) were below respective OSHA standards of 2,400, 590, 2,400, 1,750, 19, 2, 590, and 750 milligrams per cubic meter. Workers reported symptoms such as headache, eye irritation, fatigue, nasal stuffiness, and dizziness. The authors conclude that no hazardous chemical exposures exist at this facility. Recommendations include the use of protective gloves, clothing and goggles to prevent skin contact with the chemicals, and replacement of the current method used to dispense the solvents.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 pages, 3 references