HHE Report No. HETA-83-425-1500, Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado.
Gunter-BJ; Thoburn-TW; London-M
NIOSH 1984 Aug; :1-14
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for perchloroethylene (127184) and petroleum naphtha at Westview Press (SIC-2731), Boulder, Colorado in September and November of 1983. The survey was requested to evaluate menstrual problems among the employees. Fifty one current female employees were interviewed and given a confidential questionnaire pertaining to medical, smoking, job, and menstrual history. Concentrations of perchloroethylene ranged from less than 0.01 to 107 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) and petroleum naphtha from less than 0.01 to 118mg/m3. The OSHA standard for perchloroethylene is 678mg/m3. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists' standard for petroleum naphtha is 350mg/m3. Thirty six employees reported symptoms. The most frequently reported symptoms were headaches, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, running or stuffy nose, rash, and dry skin. Six female employees reported menstrual problems. The authors conclude that the menstrual problems do not appear to be work related. A potential health hazard due to perchloroethylene exposure does exist. They recommend that local exhaust ventilation be installed over the printing press to reduce perchloroethylene exposure and that employees be provided with well lighted, low glare work areas.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Printing-industry; Region-8; Toxic-vapors; Women; Organic-vapors; HETA-83-425-1500
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-83-425-1500, 14 pages, 6 references