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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-056-854, New Carolina Industries, Weldon, North Carolina.
Keenlyside-R; Elliot-L; Marlow-D
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-056-854, 1981 Apr; :1-11
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for formaldehyde (50000) at New Carolina Industries (SIC-233) in Weldon, North Carolina, on December 8 and 9, 1980. Medical interviewed were conducted with 26 of the employees. A representative of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union requested the evaluation after 2 of 127 employees developed severe respiratory symptoms. Airborne formaldehyde concentrations in environmental and personal samples ranged from 0.16 to 0.63 parts per million (ppm) well below the OSHA recommended standard of 3ppm for an 8 hour time weighed average short term continuous reading sample of formaldehyde. Medical interviews revealed complaints of eye and upper respiratory irritation, especially when pressing garments and handling darker fabrics. The authors conclude that the workers at this facility are experiencing irritant symptoms of the eyes and respiratory tract due to exposure to low concentrations of formaldehyde. They recommend increasing the exchange and circulation of air in the facility.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-056-854; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-4; Air-sampling; Health-surveys; Aldehydes; Pulmonary-disorders; Industrial-hygiene; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Formaldehyde; Garment Workers; Mucous membrane; Irritation
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