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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-30-1184, Medalist-Gladiator Athletic Products Company, Leesburg, Florida.
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 82-30-1184, 1982 Sep; :1-16
Possible exposure to organic solvents in the manufacture of athletic equipment at Medalist Gladiator Athletic Company (SIC-3949), Leesburg, Florida was investigated. The study was requested by employees and was conducted on February 17 and 18, 1982. The facility employs about 120 workers. Environmental sampling and employee interviews were conducted. Two Dip Room workers were overexposed to total solvent vapor mixtures. These mixtures were composed of methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK) at concentrations of 720 and 580 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) (NIOSH standard: 590mg/m3); toluene (108883) at concentrations of 230 and 130mg/m3 (below NIOSH standard); and methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101) (MIBK) at concentrations of 110 and 60mg/m3 (also below NIOSH standard). All 32 workers interviewed reported at least one work related symptom. Complaints included dryness, itching and skin irritation, eye irritation, headaches, and dizziness. The authors conclude that Dip Room workers were exposed to a health hazard from mixtures of MEK, MIBK, and toluene. The authors recommend that until the Dip Room process can become fully automated, workers must strictly observe the respirator program.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Sporting-and-athletic-goods; Neurotoxic-effects; Ketones; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Solvents; HETA-82-30-1184; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Sporting Goods Manufacturing; organic solvents; methyl ethyl ketone; MEK; methyl isobutyl ketone; MIBK; toluene; solvent mixtures; skin irritation; mucous membrane irritation; neurological effects
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