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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-151-1544, Nuturn Corporation, New Castle, Indiana.

Authors
Ruhe RL; Lipscomb J
Source
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 84-151-1544, 1985 Apr; :1-18
NIOSHTIC No.
00153395
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for asbestos (1332214), formaldehyde (50000), phenol (108952), and total particulates at Nuturn Corporation (SIC-3714), New Castle, Indiana in June, 1984. The survey was requested by a union representative to evaluate asbestos exposure during the manufacture of brake shoe linings. Pulmonary function tests and chest X-rays were taken for 170 workers. Asbestos was detected in 51 personal and 1 of 3 environmental samples. Concentrations ranged from 0.01 to 0.91 fibers per cubic centimeter (cm3). The OSHA standard for asbestos is 2.0 fibers/cm3. Total particulate concentrations ranged from 0.8 to 25.3 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). The OSHA standard for particulates is 15mg/m3. Formaldehyde and phenol were not detected. Twenty workers had abnormal pulmonary function test results. Twelve showed evidence of obstructive impairment, one had evidence of restrictive impairment, and seven showed both obstructive and restrictive impairment. Five workers showed X-ray abnormalities; one was suggestive of asbestosis and one of a pneumoconiosis. The authors conclude that a health hazard due to asbestos exposure exists at the facility. Recommendations include reducing asbestos exposures by engineering controls, good work practices, administrative controls, and using personal protective equipment. Asbestos should be replaced if feasible.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-5; Motor-vehicles; Asbestos-dusts; Air-monitoring; Pulmonary-congestion; Inhalants; HETA-84-151-1544; Author Keywords: Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories; Asbestos; Total Particulates; Formaldehyde; Phenol; Pulmonary Function
CAS No.
1332-21-4; 50-00-0; 108-95-2
Publication Date
19850401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-138724
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-151-1544
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3714
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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