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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-276-1499, Charlie's Taxidermy And Gifts, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.
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 83-276-1499, 1984 Aug; :1-19
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organic solvents, asbestos (1332214), arsenic (7440382), polyurethane (9009545), borax (1303964), a proprietary preservative, and inert dusts at Charlie's Taxidermy and Gifts (SIC-7699), Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, in October, 1983. The evaluation was requested by the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Taxidermy Association because of concern of the taxidermists being exposed to organic solvents and chemical agents. Work practices were observed. All organic solvent vapor concentrations were below evaluation criteria except in one instance where a taxidermist was exposed to 210 parts per million (ppm) toluene (108883) while using a hand held dryer on solvent soaked pheasant skins. The OSHA standard for toluene is 200ppm. Borax, polyurethane, and proprietary preservative dust concentrations were below the relevant standards. Two paper mache samples contained chrysotile asbestos (12001295) and a liquid preservative was found to contain formaldehyde (50000). Arsenic was not found in the bulk samples. Improper work practices such as getting hands wet with solvents and eating and drinking in work areas were observed. The authors conclude that the taxidermists are not overexposed to organic solvents and chemical agents. Recommendations include substituting less toxic substances, installing a forced draft ventilation system, and improving work practices.
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