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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-103-1369, Wyandotte Paint Products Company, Pontiac, Michigan.
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 82-103-1369, 1983 Sep; :1-14
Adverse exposures and health effects were investigated in March and October, 1982 at Wyandotte Paint Products Company, (SIC-5198) Pontiac, Michigan. The evaluation was requested by a company representative and a representative of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union after a union sponsored medical evaluation revealed a significant number of health disorders among a large percentage of workers. Work practices and general workplace hygiene were evaluated, and 28 workers completed a medical questionnaire. Air samples were collected and analyzed for particulates, metals, methyl- ethyl-ketone (78933) (MEK), and other organic vapors. One kettle cleaner was exposed to MEK concentrations of 628 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), compared to the OSHA standard of 590mg/m3, and two workers were exposed to lead (7439921) concentrations that exceeded the OSHA 8 hour time weighted average limit of 50 micrograms/m3. Exposures to all other substances were within acceptable limits. Workers reported health problems relating to the skin and eyes. Many reported neurologic effects, and 53 percent had symptoms consistent with solvent poisoning. The authors conclude that a potential exposure hazard exists from lead and MEK. They recommend medical surveillance, personal protective equipment, and improvements in general work practices and workplace hygiene.
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