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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-201-816, Peterson/Puritan Company, Momence, Illinois.
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 80-201-816, 1981 Feb; :1-9
Worker exposures to methyl-chloroform (71556) and perchloroethylene (127184) were surveyed at Peterson/Puritan Company (SIC-7399) in Momence, Illinois on September 15, 1980. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative of the International Chemical Workers Union, AFL-CIO, on behalf of approximately 47 employees. Personal air samples were collected, and employees received general medical and reproductive history questionnaires. All exposures to both methyl-chloroform and perchloroethylene were well below the respective OSHA standards of 350 and 100 parts per million. No general work related health problems were identified, and the reproductive problems of five women and one man had predated employment at the facility. The authors conclude that no hazards exist from methyl-chloroform or perchloroethylene exposure. Recommendations include ventilation improvements, proper worker training, use of protective clothing, and storage of leaking solvent cans in well ventilated areas until they can be disposed of properly.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-201-816; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Health-surveys; Industrial-hygiene; Organic-solvents; Chemical-industry-workers; Author Keywords: Business Services; Perchloroethylene; Tetrachloroethylene Methyl Chloroform; 1,1,1-Trichloroethane; Spot Remover; Packaging; Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Solvents
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