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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-033-1208, Placer County Distributors, Tahoe City, California.
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 81-033-1208, 1982 Oct; :1-11
Work exposures to vinyl type silk screened inks were investigated in April and June, 1981 at Placer County Distributors (SIC-2751) in Tahoe City, California. Evaluation was requested by a company representative from an unspecified number of workers. Personal and area air, and bulk ink samples were analyzed for vinyl-chloride (75014), hydrogen-chloride (7647010), phthalates, solvents, formaldehyde (50000), lead (7439921), and chromium (7440473). Employees completed medical questionnaires. Measureable amounts of formaldehyde and benzene (71432) represented potential hazards: both chemicals are potential carcinogens. NIOSH recommends exposures be kept at the lowest feasible limit. Concentrations of other agents were well below accepted criteria. Workplace ventilation was adequate. Workers did not report any work related medical symptoms, but did report cough, chest tightness, sore throat, eye and nose irritation, and headache associated with a previous company location. The author concludes that chemical exposure hazards do not exist at this company, however a hazard probably did exist at the previous work location. He recommends engineering and work place improvements if workers symptoms reoccur or if production rate increases.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Solvents; Region-9; Time-weighted-average-exposure; Office-workers; Air-quality-measurement; HETA-81-033-1208; Author Keywords: Commercial Printing, Letterpress, and Screen; silk screening; thermal degradation; printers; vinyl inks; vinyl chloride; hydrogen chloride; phthalates; benzene; hexane; styrene; formaldehyde; Lead; total chromium
75-01-4; 7647-01-0; 50-00-0; 7439-92-1; 7440-47-3; 71-43-2
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