HHE Report, No. HETA-79-119-1068, The Evening News, Southbridge, Massachusetts.
NIOSH 1982 Mar:21 pages
The management of the Evening News (SIC-2710), Southbridge, Massachusetts requested a study to identify any potential problems requiring controls in a new facility or existing problems in the present facility. Sixty five production workers are employed on site. The study was performed between January 28 and 31, 1980. The analysis of environmental data indicated no hazardous exposures to quinone, hydroquinone, hydrocarbons, hydrogen-cyanide, formaldehyde, or acetic-acid. Noise levels ranged between 88 and 95 decibels during various operations in the press room only. OSHA noise criteria is 90 decibels for an 8 hour time weighted average exposure. Fluoranthene in the black ink samples ranged from 0.03 to of 0.2 to 0.21 milligrams per gram. NIOSH recommends keeping exposures to airborne polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs) as low as feasible. The author concludes that there was no health hazard from overexposure to airborne contaminants during the study. It is recommended that airborne PNA exposures be monitored and controlled. Control by substitution of a PNA free ink would be most effective, and engineering controls would be second best. Hearing conservation program improvements are also recommended.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Air-sampling; Ventilation; Printing-industry; Region-1; Noise-exposure; Printing-inks; Publishing-and-printing; HETA-79-119-1068; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 21 pages, 4 references