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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-226-1433, Roper Eastern Products, Baltimore, Maryland.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-226-1433, 1984 Apr; :1-20
Area and breathing zone samples were analyzed for ammonia (7664417), organic solvents, acid and base solutions, and carbon-monoxide (630080) at Roper Eastern Products (SIC-3317), Baltimore, Maryland, in October and November 1982. The survey was requested by Local 75- A of the United Furniture Workers of America due to concern of reports of symptoms such as skin rash, hair loss, dizziness, and nausea among the employees. Thirty one production workers were given medical questionnaires and interviewed. Ammonia was not detected. All organic solvents and acid and base solution concentrations were below the relevant standards. Carbon-monoxide concentrations in the cardboard box assembly and packing line were 25 to 50 parts per million (ppm). The OSHA standard for carbon- monoxide is 50ppm. Seventeen workers reported at least four of seven possible respiratory symptoms, and three of six possible, neurologic symptoms. The respiratory symptoms were significantly associated with dust and fume exposure. The authors conclude that workers may be overexposed to carbon-monoxide. The reported symptoms are consistent with the known effects of substances used in processes in the facility. Recommendations include curtailing the use of internal combustion engines in the box assembly and packing line and replacement of dilution ventilation by fresh air recirculating systems.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-3; Furniture-industry; Breathing-zone; Organic-solvents; Ventilation-systems; Acids; HETA-82-226-1433; Author Keywords:Steel Pipe and Tubes; Metal Processing; Metal Pickling/Plating; Carbon Monoxide; Benzene; Irritative Effects
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