HHE determination report no. HHE-76-66 and 76-95-346, R. D. Werner Company, Incorported, Greenville, Pennsylvania.
Employee exposures to phenol (108952), formaldehyde (50000), cyanide (74908), fluoride (16984488), hydrochloric-acid (7647010), phosgene (75445), acrolein (107028), styrene (100425), asbestos (1332214), caustic-soda (1310732), mineral-spirits (8032324), lubricants and oil mists were investigated at the Werner Company (SIC-3341), Greenville, Pennsylvania, in June and August, 1976. Employees reported eye and throat irritation and breathing problems. Area air and personal breathing zone samples were taken. There were no reported complaints of irritation in workers from the remelt areas during the survey, and no detectable concentrations of phenol, formaldehyde, cyanide, fluorides, hydrochloric-acid, phosgene, acrolein or styrene were found. Asbestos was found in concentrations of 0.07 to 0.15 fibers per milliliter, the NIOSH standard. Exposure to caustic-soda during clearing operations and mineral-spirits in the cleaning area did not pose a health hazard. Concentrations of lubricants were low compared to standards but three workers experienced some dermatitis. Oil mist concentrations were in excess of NIOSH standards (5 milligrams per cubic meter) only on the double headed saw. Workers complained of throat irritation, headache, and noise. The author concludes that the workers on the double headed saw may be exposed to an excess concentration of oil mist. It was recommended that the saw be enclosed.