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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-070-987, Dell-Rube Chenilles, Dalton, Georgia.

Authors
Salisbury SA; Jannerfeldt E
Source
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 80-070-987, 1981 Nov; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
00123435
Abstract
Environmental air samples were analyzed for organic vapors, airborne bacteria and fungi, and a medical survey was conducted at Dell Rube Chenilles (SIC-2272) in Dalton, Georgia on February 21, 1980, and on February 25, 1981. The company Office Manager requested the evaluation after two employees had become ill with severe respiratory symptoms. Ethyl-alcohol (64175), ethyl-acetate (141786), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101) and biphenyl (92524) were identified in air samples, but all concentrations detected were less than 5 percent of concentrations expected to cause adverse health effects. Several airborne species of fungi were detected and a needle lubricant on sewing machines was found to contain bacteria. Two workers were diagnosed as probably having industrial asthma and one of them possibly allergic alveolitis. No reports of serious work related health complaints were received during interviews with the employees. The authors conclude that there was no health hazard present at this facility and that the cause of the respiratory problems that two employees had experienced was not determined. They recommend improved personal hygiene practices for workers and the identification and reassignment of workers with allergy problems.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-80-070-987; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Health-surveys; Air-sampling; Microorganisms; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Carpets and Rugs; Butyloleate Sulfanate; Biphenyl; Ethanol; Allergic Alveolitis; Industrial Asthma; Acid Blue Dye No. 1; Rug Manufacturer
CAS No.
64-17-5; 141-78-6; 108-10-1; 92-52-4
Publication Date
19811101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-186966
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-80-070-987
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2272
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
GA; OH
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