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HHE/toxicity determination report no. HHE-72-13-27, Uniroyal Incorporated, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Butler GJ; Taylor JS
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE-72-13-27, 1973 Feb; :1-23
Worker exposures to various toxic agents were investigated on March 22 and 23, May 29 and 30, and June 11 to 15, 1972, at Uniroyal, Incorporated (SIC-3011), in Mishawaka, Indiana. The evaluation was requested by an authorized employee representative on behalf of about 2400 workers. Air samples were collected for: toluene-2,4- diisocyanate (584849) in the polyurethane (9009545) foam area; solvents in the cement room; and rubber compounding chemicals in the mixing area. Workers were questioned about work related health symptoms, and some were patch tested with work chemicals. The air samples contained little or no measurable amounts of the chemicals in question. Several workers involved in the production of latex (9016006) foam reported a history of dermatitis, due to contact with the wet latex foam. Workers in the polyurethane foam area reported upper respiratory tract irritation, sinusitis, and prolonged upper respiratory infections, and complained of excessive heat and inadequate ventilation. No other significant health complaints were found. The authors conclude that no chemical exposure hazards exist at this facility. They recommend improved ventilation, use of protective clothing and respirators, and routine medical monitoring of employees.
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