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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-216-877, Richway Department Stores, Marietta, Georgia.
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 80-216-877, 1981 May; :1-5
A lighting transformer was inspected to determine possible polychlorinated-biphenyl (1336363) (PCB) leakage at the Richway Department Store (SIC-1731) in Marietta, Georgia on September 5, 1980. A representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 613 requested the evaluation after an electrician reported a skin rash from contact with the transformer. Inspection of the transformer and data from the manufacturer indicated that a capacitor inside the transformer contained approximately 1 pound of PCB fluid. The capacitor and all other transformer components were completely sealed in a styrene modified polyester resin. There were no indications that any of the transformers had been damaged or that PCB fluid had leaked from the capacitors or surrounding sealant. The author concludes that the reported skin rash probably did not result from PCB exposure, but may have resulted from repeated contact with the transformer's styrene modified polyester sealant.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-216-877; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Health-surveys; Electrical-equipment; Electrical-workers; Polychlorinated-biphenyls; Author Keywords: PCB's; polychlorinated biphenyls; transformers; styrene modified polyester resin; skin rash; dermatitis
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