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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-196-1492, Goodyear Tire And Rubber Company, Gadsden, Alabama.

Authors
Williams TM; Hickey JL; Bishop CC
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 83-196-1492, 1984 Jul; :1-16
NIOSHTIC No.
00146772
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organic solvent vapors, and total and respirable dust at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (SIC-3011), Gadsden, Alabama, in August, 1983. The survey was requested by a union local due to a severe skin rash occurring among workers exposed to chemicals used in manufacturing tires, tubes, flaps, and bladders. Total airborne dust concentrations were 0.5 to 21.2 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) in the banbury and milling areas and 0.16 to 1.8mg/m3 in the pigment blending areas. Respirable dust concentrations were 0.07 to and 5mg/m3, respectively. Twenty two organic solvents were detected; however, their concentrations were negligible. The authors note that some of the chemicals used in high volume at the facility, 2- mercaptobenzothiazole (149304), tetramethyl-thiuramidisulfide (137268), 1,3-diphenylguanidine (102067), and hexamethylenetetramine (100970) are known to cause dermatitis in sensitized persons. They suggest that skin contact with these chemicals could result from contact with airborne dust. The potential for exposure to organic vapors is low. Recommendations include expanding the training and education of workers on the effects of chemicals, good personal hygiene practices, and reduction and monitoring of dust exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Tire-manufacturing-industry; Occupational-exposure; Region-4; Occupational-dermatitis; Skin-irritants; Industrial-dusts; HETA-83-196-1492; Author Keywords: Tires and Inner Tubes; Dermatitis
CAS No.
149-30-4; 137-26-8; 102-06-7; 100-97-0
Publication Date
19840701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-221349
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-196-1492
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3011
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AL; OH
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