HHE Report No. HETA-82-110-172-1288, Kalamazoo Stamping And Die Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
NIOSH 1983 Apr; :1-12
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed at Kalamazoo Stamping and Die Company (SIC-3714), Kalamazoo, Michigan in March, May and July, 1982. A representative of the United Auto Workers, Local 740 requested the survey on behalf of 53 employees concerned about exposures to oil mist, welding fumes, total particulates, and trichloroethylene (79016) (TE). Questionnaires were administered to employees. The time weighted average (TWA) concentrations of oil mist among stamping machine operators were below the OSHA standard of 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) of air. Concentrations of total airborne particulates in the assembly area were below the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) threshold limit value (TLV) of 10mg/m3. Concentrations of total welding fumes among welders were also below the ACGIH/TLV of 5mg/m3. All contaminants in personal breathing zone samples were below recommended criteria. No major health hazards were reported by employees. Occasional mucous membrane and skin irritations were reported by employees in other production operations. The investigators conclude that no health hazard from exposure to oil mist, welding fumes, TCE, or total airborne particulates existed at the time of this survey. A preventive program emphasizing employee education, fluid maintenance, protective equipment, and awareness programs is recommended.
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-82-110-172-1288, 12 pages, 11 references