Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-116-1570, Essex Group, Incorporated, Vincennes, Indiana.
NIOSH 1985 Mar; :1-25
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for toluene- diisocyanate (26471625), cresol (1319773), phenol (108952), dimethyl- terephthalate (120616), and copper (7440508) fumes at Essex Magnet Wire and Insulation, Incorporated (SIC-3643), Vincennes, Indiana, in March and September, 1983. The survey was requested by the union to evaluate employee reports of skin and respiratory problems. Questionnaires were administered to 41 employees from one shift in the enamel department. Hair and nail samples from 14 employees were obtained for copper analysis. The concentrations of all substances were below their relevant standards. Symptoms reported on the questionnaire included shortness of breath, chronic cough and phlegm production, eye and throat irritation, dizziness, and headache. The prevalence of symptoms, however, was not significantly greater in workers exposed to oven emissions than in unexposed workers. Hair and nail samples were not analyzed because of the low copper concentrations found. The authors conclude that no exposures in excess of currently accepted workplace limits occurred at the facility. The reported symptoms could not be correlated with specific exposures or work areas. Recommendations include offering medical examinations to all employees exposed to isocyanates and prompt clean up of spills.
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26471-62-5; 1319-77-3; 108-95-2; 120-61-6; 7440-50-8
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-116-1570, 25 pages, 13 references