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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-213-391-1619, Duluth Community Action Program, Duluth, Minnesota.
Daniels WJ; Singal M; Donohue M
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 84-213-391-1619, 1985 Aug; :1-20
Personal and area air samples were analyzed for carbon-monoxide (630080), acetic-acid (64197), methylene-bisphenyl-isocyanate (101688) (MBPI), mineral spirits, and total particulates among personnel working in the weatherization program of the Duluth Community Action Program (SIC-8999), Duluth, Minnesota in April and June, 1984. The evaluation was requested by a union representative to investigate reports of dermatitis and other health problems among employees working with insulating materials used for weatherizing homes. Twenty six employees were surveyed for health problems by means of a self administered questionnaire. The time weighted average concentrations of total particulates ranged from 0.9 to 34.5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). The OSHA standard for total particulates is 15mg/m3. MBPI, carbon-monoxide, and acetic-acid concentrations were below their relevant standards. No mineral spirits were detected. Twenty three employees reported that they worked regularly with caulk and cellulose. The most frequently reported symptoms were nose or throat irritation, eye irritation, and dyspnea. The authors conclude that a potential overexposure to total particulates exists. Recommendations include obtaining medical safety data sheets for all materials used, utilizing respirators where exposures cannot be prevented by other means, and using protective eyewear and clothing.
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