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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-200-1233, Todd Uniform Company, Maury City, Tennessee.

Authors
Boiano-JM; Cherniack-MG
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, 82-200-1233, 1982 Nov; :1-22
NIOSHTIC No.
00127578
Abstract
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000) and other aldehydes were surveyed on June 1 to 3, 1982 at the Todd Uniform Company (SIC-2328) in Maury City, Tennessee. The evaluation was requested by the employee who reported skin, eye, and respiratory irritation symptoms. The company employed 60 people. Personal and area air samples were analyzed along with fresh and stored cloth samples. Medical questionnaires and examinations were given to 56 female production workers. For personal breathing zone samples, 8 hour time weighted average formaldehyde concentrations averaged 0.26 parts per million (ppm), and 30 minute duration samples averaged lowest feasible limit. General area air samples contained 0.5ppm formaldehyde. Both fresh and stored cloth samples contained latent formaldehyde. No other aldehydes were found. The medical survey revealed contact dermatitis and conjunctivitis consistent with formaldehyde exposure. The authors conclude that a formaldehyde exposure hazard exists at this company. The recommend the use of improved ventilation and protective barrier creams and clothing.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Solvents; Air-sampling; Time-weighted-average-exposure; Work-practices; Employee-exposure; Garment-workers; Medical-examinations; HETA-82-200-1233; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-4; Author Keywords: Men's, Youth's, and Boy's Furnishings, Work Clothing, and Allied Garments; Formaldehyde; Aldehydes; Dermatitis; Asthma; Conjunctiva; Upper Respiratory Tract Irritation
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
19821101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-172725
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-200-1233
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2328
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TN; OH
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