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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-146-1162, Ralston Purina Company, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
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 81-146-1162, 1982 Aug; :1-8
Reports of skin rash and possible respiratory impairment were investigated among workers performing cleaning and disinfection procedures associated with production of pet food at Ralston Purina Company (SIC-2047), Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The workers requested the study, which was performed on March 3 and 4, 1981. These workers were specifically involved in cleaning and disinfecting procedures. The company employs about 280 workers; about 200 are hourly employees. Process information and employee health data were collected. Of 50 workers interviewed, 10 percent had dermatic. Some workers may have experienced direct skin irritation from food ingredients or cleaning agents used at the facility. The author concludes that while some workers were experiencing dermatitis, this could not be attributed to specific exposures. The author suggests that some dermatitis may have been caused by allergic contact sensitivity or by cross sensitivity reactions. The author recommends steps to protect the skin from potentially irritating cleaning agents and grain dust.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Work-practices; Contact-dermatitis; Allergic-reactions; Sensitization; Food-processing-industry; Region-3; HETA-81-146-1162; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Dog, Cat, and Other Pet Food; allergic dermatitis; cross-sensitivity reactions; paraphenylenediamine; azo dyes; food dyes; grain dust
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