HHE Report No. HETA-84-368-1624, FMC Corporation, San Jose, California.
NIOSH 1985 Sep:20 pages
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for metals, total dust, asbestos (1332214), organic solvents, methylene- bisphenyl-diisocyanate (101688), and cutting and cooling oils at the FMC Corporation (SIC-9999) in San Jose, California in July, September, and December, 1984. The evaluation was requested by a union representative because of concern about an increasing number of occupationally related cases of cancer and other illnesses. Noise monitoring was also performed. Twenty two workers were interviewed. Benzene concentrations ranged from nondetectable to recommends the lowest feasible limit for benzene. Asbestos sampling results were inconclusive. Noise exposures were 82.5 to 90.7 A- weighted decibels (dBA). The OSHA standard for noise is 90dBA. All other substances were nondetectable or below their relevant standards. Employees exposed to cutting oils and machine coolants reported varying degrees of dermatitis. Symptoms of eye irritation, headache, and fatigue were reported. The authors note that negotiations are underway for conducting a mortality survey. They conclude that workers are overexposed to benzene and noise, and potentially overexposed to Trim/Sol machine cooling oil. Recommendations include using local exhaust ventilation to reduce machine coolant exposures and implementing an OSHA approved respirator program.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Automotive-industry; Region-9; Dust-exposure; Breathing-zone; Environmental-factors; Metallic-poisoning; HETA-84-368-1624;
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-84-368-1624, 20 pages, 5 references