Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-091-1176, Todd Meadows Gin, St. Clair, Alabama.
Williams-TM; Hickey-JLS; Shy-CM
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 82-091-1176, 1982 Sep; :1-18
Occupational exposure to chemical sprays used on cotton plants prior to cotton ginning was investigated at the Todd Meadows Gin (SIC- who complained of respiratory distress; unconsciousness, chills, memory lapse, and double vision. The study was conducted on February 4, 1982. The ginning and baling of the cotton normally involves five workers. At the time of the study the gin was not operating, so the description of operations and estimates of expected dust exposures were based on judgment and information provided by the ginner. At the end of the last ginning season, the ginner sent parts of his clothing, his dust mask, and floor dust for analysis. Galecron (6164983), an insecticide, was detected in concentrations of 0.4 to 5.8 parts per million in the apparel and environmental condition was identified as being the direct cause of the health problem. The authors conclude that the ginner has a combination of bronchitis symptoms related to heavy smoking and an atypical byssinosis like syndrome related to cotton dust exposure. Recommendations for a detailed discussion of a follow up survey are provided.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Cotton-dust; Insecticides; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; HETA-82-091-1176; Region-4; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
Author Keywords: cotton ginning; respiratory illness; insecticides; defoliants
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health