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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-425-1500, Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado.

Authors
Gunter-BJ; Thoburn-TW; London-M
Source
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 83-425-1500, 1984 Aug; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
00146658
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
CAS No.
127-18-4
Publication Date
19840801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-220846
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-425-1500
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2731
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO; OH
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