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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-455-1229, Red Wing Shoe Company, Red Wing, Minnesota.
Tharr DG; Murphy DC; Mortimer V
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 81-455-1229, 1982 Nov; :1-31
Exposures to solvent based adhesives were surveyed on September 21 and 22, 1981 and March 2 and 3, 1982 at Red Wing Shoe Company (SIC- 3143) in Red Wing, Minnesota. The evaluation was requested by an unspecified representative of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 527, on behalf of an unspecified number of workers. Concern was expressed over a high rate of miscarriage among one group of workers. Personal and area air samples were analyzed for various solvents. Medical questionnaires were given to a total of 69 workers. Naphtha (8030306) and methylene-chloride (75092) exposures exceeded the respective NIOSH limits of 350 and 75 parts per million. Excessive exposures were also found for various solvent combinations, including heptane (142825), acetone (67641), toluene (108883), ethyl-acetate (141786), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), isopropanol (67630) and tetrahydrofuran (109999). Workers reported symptoms such as headaches, skin irritations, eye irritation, and upper respiratory tract irritation. No increase in the incidence of spontaneous abortion was found. Control technology assessments indicated several deficiencies. The authors conclude that solvent exposure hazard exist at this company. They recommend improved engineering controls, work practices, workplace hygiene, and product labeling.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-hygiene; Air-sampling; Control-technology; Time-weighted-average-exposure; Solvents; HETA-81-455-1229; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Mens Footwear; naphtha; ethyl acetate; methyl ethyl ketone; acetone; toluene; tetrahydrofuran; isopropanol; spontaneous abortions; respiratory irritation; dermatitis
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