Health hazard evlauation report: HETA-81-277-1089, Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, Charlestown, Indiana.
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 81-277-1089, 1982 Apr; :1-10
Worker exposure to dibutyl-phthalate (84742) (DBP) at the Indiana Army Ammunition facility (SIC-3483) Charlestown, Indiana, was evaluated. The study was requested by Local 692 of the International Chemical Worker Union and was performed on July 9, and September 4, 1981. Management and employees were interviewed about health effects and the production process. Air and dust samples were collected in four areas. The work force of 1567 employees was 50 percent women and the median age was about 50 years. Dust concentrations in the packing room were 3 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). Except in one area where it reached 0.08mg/m3, DBP was nondetectable. About 20 percent of the dust sampled was of respirable size. Total dust, respirable dust, and DBP were well under OSHA standards of 15, 5 and 5mg/m3, respectively. The authors conclude that it is highly unlikely that the concentrations of DBP in the work area present an environmental hazard, but suggest attempts should be made to further reduce exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Munitions-industry; Dust-analysis; Dust-exposure; Dust-sampling; HETA-81-277-1089; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5;
Author Keywords: Ammunition, Except for Small Arms; Ammunition Loading and Assembly Workers; Dibutyl Phthalate; Reproductive Hazards
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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