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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-406-1150, Simmons, U. S. A., Columbus, Ohio.
Zey JN; Boiano J
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 81-406-1150, 1982 Jul; :1-23
Environmental sampling to assess employee exposure to cotton dust was conducted at Simmons, U.S.A. (SIC-2515) in Columbus, Ohio, on October 29 and November 30 through December 3, 1981. The evaluation was requested by management on behalf of 15 affected employees. The OSHA permissible exposure limit for cotton dust is 500 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). Average concentrations detected ranged from 110 to 455microg/m3. The authors conclude that exposures do not exceed the present OSHA standard for cotton dust. They recommend repairs and replacements in processing machinery, enclosure of open dumpsters, a reduction of blowdown operations, the use of respirators for nonroutine activities, and modifications to work practices.
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