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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-134-986, Pennex Pharmaceuticals, Verona, Pennsylvania.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE-80-134-986, 1981 Oct; :1-20
Environmental, personal and bulk samples were analyzed for talc dust, asbestos (1332214) and free silica (7631869) at Pennex Pharmaceuticals (SIC-2834), in Verona, Pennsylvania, on October 30, 1980 and February 23, 1981. An employee requested the evaluation on behalf of about three affected employees. Sixty percent of the respirable personal and environmental air samples exceeded the OSHA standard of 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/cum) for nuisance particulates. Samples for respirable talc dust containing no fibers ranged from 0.14 to 1845mg/cum, compared with the OSHA standard of 5mg/cum. Talc analysis of the raw and finished products revealed that it was nonasbestiform, contained no cristobalite or tridymite, and contained less than 1 percent quartz. Two of seven workers interviewed reported mild pruritis in the neck and face or a dry cough. The author recommends several engineering modifications to increase the ventilation capacities and to reduce dust exposures.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-134-986; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Asbestos-dusts; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Industrial-hygiene; Chemical-industry-workers; Author Keywords: talc; baby powder; respirable; nuisance
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