HHE Report No. HHE-80-215-911, Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Ironton, Ohio.
NIOSH 1981 Jul:22 pages
Worker exposures to hazardous agents were surveyed on August 25 and 26, 1980 at Wilson Sporting Goods Company (SIC-3150) in Ironton, Ohio. The evaluation was requested by a representative of the International Chemical Workers Union on behalf of approximately 200 workers to assess risks of dermatitis and bladder cancer. Air samples were collected for solvent and ink decomposition products analysis. Workers were examined, and urine samples were analyzed for aniline metabolites. Death certificates over the previous 2 years were reviewed for bladder cancer cases. Concentrations of hexane (110543), heptane (142825), toluene (108883), petroleum- naphtha (8030306), and o-cresol (95487) were below respective OSHA standards of 1800, 2045, 753, 2000, and 22 milligrams per cubic meter. Ten of 14 leather glove lacers had histories of irritant or allergic contact dermatitis. All lacers had skin discolorations and cracking on the hands. No mortality or morbidity due to bladder cancer was found. Urinary aromatic amines at concentrations of 1.0 to 19.6 parts per billion were found in 22 of 28 workers tested. The authors conclude that a petroleum-naphtha hazard exists for some workers. Recommendations include protection measures against dermatitis, ventilation modifications, and improvements in the death certificate record keeping program.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-215-911; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-5; Chemical-industry-workers; Organic-solvents; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Skin-disorders;
110-54-3; 142-82-5; 108-88-3; 8030-30-6; 95-48-7;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 22 pages, 12 references