Walk-through survey report of Kinston Shirt Company, Kinston, North Carolina, report no. IWS-125-23.
NIOSH 1983 Aug; :1-15
A walkthrough survey was conducted in August 1982 at the Kinston Shirt Company (SIC-2321, SIC-2329, SIC-2331, SIC-2339), Kinston, North Carolina, to evaluate worker exposure to formaldehyde (50000) as part of a NIOSH study to locate facilities for inclusion in an industrywide study of formaldehyde. About 50 percent of the finished fabric had been treated with formaldehyde based resin and cured to provide permanent press characteristics. Personal and area air samples were collected by the sorbent tube method. The direct reading air monitoring device malfunctioned and provided no data. Formaldehyde concentrations in the air samples ranged from 0.06 to concentrations were well below the OSHA standard of 3ppm for an 8 hour time weighted average, the authors recommend that dilution ventilation be employed in the facility, especially in the cutting and piece goods areas, to reduce the ambient concentrations of formaldehyde. The facility was not recommended for inclusion in the NIOSH industrywide study of formaldehyde because frequent changes in its operations over the years could have affected relative formaldehyde exposure concentrations in various jobs. Personnel records also were not adequate for an epidemiological study because records of all employees terminated before 1978 had been destroyed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-study; Lung-irritants; Airborne-particles; Control-methods; Occupational-exposure; Employee-exposure; Industrial-chemicals; Clothing; IWS-125-23; Region-4
Industry Wide; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
2321; 2329; 2331; 2339
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health