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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-97-559, Homestake Forest Products, Spearfish, South Dakota.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 78-97-559, 1979 Jan; :1-8
Environmental air samples were analyzed for wood dust concentrations at Homestake Forest Products (SIC-5031) in Spearfish, South Dakota, on August 1 and 2, 1978. Medical interviews were also conducted with 38 sawmill and planer mill workers. A representative of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 7044, requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 78 affected workers. Wood dust concentrations ranged from 0.03 to 0.76 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/CuM), compared with the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists' threshold limit value of 5mg/CuM. Only one nonsmoking worker reported symptoms possibly related to wood dust exposure. The author concludes that a health hazard from wood dust exposure did not exist at this facility and recommends regular environmental monitoring, placing of workers with adverse health effects in jobs with reduced dust exposures, reduction of dust concentrations, and availability of respirators.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-97-559; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-8; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Dust-exposure; Author Keywords: wood dust; sawmill; planer mill
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