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Technical Assistance Assistance Report No. TA-80-017-1017, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 80-017-1017, 1981 Dec; :1-15
Environmental and personal air samples were analyzed for ethylene- dibromide (106934) (EDB), at six fruit packing facilities located in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas during November 26 to 30, 1979. The evaluation was requested by the United States Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection and Quarantine Program on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. EDB concentrations ranged from none detected to 2.96 parts per million (ppm), compared with the OSHA standard of 20 ppm for a eight hour time weighted average. However, based on the suspected carcinogenicity of EDB, the authors conclude that a health hazard did exist for fruit packing facility personnel. They recommend the use of respiratory protective equipment when necessary, worker education, availability of showers and eyewash fountains, regular maintenance of ventilation systems, and environmental monitoring.
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