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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-394-1577, Robert Hall Co., Inc., Encinitas, California.
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 84-394-1577, 1985 Apr; :1-20
A health evaluation was conducted at Robert Hall Company, Incorporated (SIC-0721), Encinitas, California, in June/July, 1984. The evaluation was requested by an employee representative because of concern about potential exposures to Temik (116063) and 16 other pesticides used at the facility. A walk through survey of all growing, storage, pesticide mixing and loading areas was conducted. Work practices were observed. Some workers were given medical interviews. Twenty two workers were patch tested for sensitization to flowers. Skin irritation was reported by many workers, particularly those involved in cutting flowers, and dipping and transplanting seedlings. Only one worker showed evidence of skin sensitization. Several potential health hazards were identified: workers not wearing respiratory protection when entering greenhouses that had been recently sprayed or when mixing chemicals; and lack of adequate reentry information. The authors conclude that a health hazard exists at the facility. Recommendations include instituting a formal respirator program in accordance with OSHA requirements, posting copies of spray schedules, posting of signs after spraying in English and Spanish, and offering periodic, brief educational programs on health and safety.
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