HHE report no. HHE-80-196-957, Rubbermaid, Inc., Wooster, Ohio.
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 80-196-957, 1981 Sep; :1-25
Environmental air samples were analyzed for lead (7439921), chromium (7440473), titanium (7440326), zinc (7440666), cadmium (7440439), silica (7631869), nuisance particulates and nitrosamines, and noise and illumination surveys were conducted at Rubbermaid, Incorporated (SIC-2820) in Wooster, Ohio, on July 29 to August 1 and December 8 to 12, 1980, and March 30 to 31, 1981. A representative of Rubbermaid requested the evaluation on behalf of approximately 1820 workers at this facility. Sound pressure levels throughout the facility were below the NIOSH recommended standard of 85 decibels on the A-weighted scale. Workplace illumination was satisfactory when compared with the intensities recommended by the Illumination Engineering Society. Area sample concentrations for lead, chromium, and titanium were below detectable limits. Zinc concentrations averaged 17 micrograms per cubic meter, compared with the NIOSH standard of 5000 micrograms per cubic meter. Cadmium concentrations averaged 28 micrograms per cubic meter, compared with the NIOSH standard of 40 micrograms per cubic meter. Free silica was not found in any of the area samples, and dust concentrations were all below 1 milligram per cubic meter. N-Dimethylnitrosamine (62759) concentrations ranged from 29 to 212 parts per trillion (ppt), and N- nitrosomorpholine (59892) concentrations ranged from 95 to 1124 ppt. The authors conclude that no health hazards associated with any of the materials or processes in use at this facility. They recommend the use of hearing protectors, and respiratory protective equipment in certain areas, good housekeeping procedures, proper disposal of solvents, improved ventilation, and other control measures.