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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-054-1194, Lauson Engine Division, Tecumseh Products, New Holstein, Wisconsin.

Authors
Almaguer-D; Kramkowski-R; Orris-P
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, HETA 82-54-1194, 1982 Sep; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00129614
Abstract
The sporadic occurrence of an annoying odor which was associated with headaches, fatigue, and dizziness among employees in the starter assembly area of the Lauson Engine Division (SIC-3519), New Holstein, Wisconsin was investigated. An employee representative requested the study which was performed on February 4 and April 20, 1982. Four employees worked in the starter assembly area while the facility as a whole employed 1450 persons. Employee health complaints were suggestive of low dose hydrocarbon exposures. Environmental sampling failed to detect any such exposure. Facility inspection revealed that paint exhaust stacks were settling toward the make up air intakes. The authors conclude that no health hazard existed in the starter assembly area. Employee complaints of intermittent odors and of nonspecific central nervous system symptoms were probably due to reentry of small quantities of solvent exhaust from the paint booths into the facility. Recommendations for redesign of exhaust stacks and use of stack heads instead of weather caps are provided.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Industrial-exposures; Solvents; Spray-painting; Engine-rooms; Industrial-ventilation; HETA-82-54-1194; Region-5; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Internal Combustion Engines; Toluene; Xylene; Naphthas
Publication Date
19820901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-149863
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-054-1194
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3519
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WI; OH
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