HHE Report No. HETA-83-275-1394, Kautt And Bux Manufacturing, Mundelein, Illinois.
NIOSH 1983 Dec; :1-13
Worker exposures to asbestos (1332214), copper (7440508) dust, and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) (TCE) were investigated on June 15, 1983 at Kautt and Bux Manufacturing (SIC-3621) in Mundelein, Illinois. The evaluation was requested by District 140, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union, on behalf of 14 exposed production workers. Personal and area air samples were collected and analyzed for asbestos, copper dust, and TCE. Selected workers were questioned about any work related health problems. All asbestos concentrations were below the OSHA limit of 350ppm. For copper dust, concentrations ranged from 0.007 to 0.012 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), compared to the OSHA limit of 1mg/m3. None of the workers questioned reported any job related health symptoms. The author concludes that no hazard exists from TCE or copper dust, but a hazard from asbestos does exist. The author recommends use of engineering controls or additional personal protective equipment during the filling of 55 gallon drums with asbestos reinforced plastic pellets, use of a vacuum with a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter to clean up excess asbestos reinforced plastic shavings, and prohibition of eating, drinking, and smoking at work stations.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Electrical-industry; Region-5; Metal-dusts; Airborne-dusts; Toxic-vapors; HETA-83-275-1394
1332-21-4; 7440-50-8; 71-55-6
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-275-1394, 13 pages, 6 references