HHE Report No. HETA-83-196-1492, Goodyear Tire And Rubber Company, Gadsden, Alabama.
Williams-TM; Hickey-JL; Bishop-CC
NIOSH 1984 Jul:16 pages
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.
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;
149-30-4; 137-26-8; 102-06-7; 100-97-0;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-196-1492, 16 pages, 16 references