HHE report no. HHE-80-100-798, Jehl Cooperage Company Inc., Memphis, Tennessee.
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 80-100-798, 1981 Jan; :1-12
Worker exposures to solvents and chemical wastes were surveyed on April 23 to 25, 1980 at Jehl Cooperage Company, Incorporated (SIC- 3490) in Memphis, Tennessee. The evaluation was requested by United Auto Workers, District 65, Division 19, on behalf of the 51 employees of the company. Personal and area air samples were collected from various areas of the facility along with bulk material samples. Workers also were interviewed by a physician. Worker exposures to toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), aliphatic hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, ethyl-acetate (141786), cellosolve-acetate (111159), isobutanol (78831), methyl-isobutyl- ketone (108101), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), isopropyl-alcohol (67630), isopropyl-acetate (108214), lead (7439921), hexavalent- chromium (7440473), iron-oxide (1332372), and sodium-hydroxide (1310732) were all below their respective OSHA standards. Exposure to mixtures of organic solvent also were within acceptable limits. Workers in various areas of the facility commonly complained of skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, breathing difficulty, and nervousness. Recommendations are included for workplace hygiene improvements in each area of the facility.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-100-798; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Health-surveys; Organic-solvents; Industrial-hygiene; Air-sampling; NIOSH-Author;
Author Keywords: miscellaneous fabricated metal products; organic vapors; lead chromate; lead; hexavalent chromium; sodium hydroxide; dermatitis; hepatitis; respiratory irritation; anxiety