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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-376-1556, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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 83-376-1556, 1985 Apr; :1-14
Area air samples were analyzed for acrolein (107028), aldehydes, organic solvents, acids, and phthalates at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (SIC-3731), Portsmouth, New Hampshire in December, 1983. The evaluation was requested by a union representative due to employee reports of headache, nausea, and other irritative symptoms during systems testing on a submarine being overhauled at the shipyard. Nine workers involved in the systems testing were interviewed. Acrolein concentrations ranged from 0.057 to 0.085 part per million (ppm). The OSHA standard for acrolein is 0.1ppm. Twelve other organic substances were detected, ranging in concentration up to 14.8 milligrams per cubic meter for naphtha. No hydrochloric-acid or phthalates were detected. Eight workers reported eye irritation. Five reported throat irritation, headache, and other chest symptoms. Four reported nasal irritation. All symptomatic workers reported that their symptoms began within 30 minutes after entering the work areas. The authors conclude that the reported symptoms are due to combined effects of acrolein and other aldehydes. Due to the relatively low concentration involved, the risk of chronic health effects seem slight. Recommendations include properly ventilating the affected work areas and using respiratory personal protective equipment.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-1; Shipbuilding-industry; Environmental-factors; Solvents; Analytical-models; Workers; HETA-83-376-1556; Author Keywords: Ship Building and Repairing; Acrolein; Aldehydes; Formaldehyde; Benzene; Eye Irritation
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