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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-108-1593, Carey Plastics Division, Toledo Molding And Die Corporation, Carey, Ohio.

Authors
Moseley-CL; McConnell-R
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 85-108-1593, 1985 May; :1-24
NIOSHTIC No.
00153677
Abstract
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for organic solvent vapors, formaldehyde (50000), hydrogen-sulfide (7783064), sulfur-dioxide (7446095), and carbon-monoxide (630080) at Carey Plastics (SIC-3079), Carey, Ohio in December, 1984. The survey was requested by management and the union local to investigate an outbreak of illness in the workforce. Medical interviews were conducted with 45 employees who had become ill. Local hospital records were reviewed. All solvent concentrations were below their relevant standards. All formaldehyde, hydrogen-sulfide, and sulfur- dioxide concentrations were below the limits of detection. Carbon- monoxide concentrations ranged from 10 to 200 parts per million. The highest concentrations occurred in towing motor exhaust. Illness was not localized to a specific site within the facility. The most frequently reported symptoms included headache, mucous membrane irritation, nausea, chest tightness, and fatigue. Hospital records showed no serious pathology associated with the illness outbreak. Several workers treated at the hospital had elevated blood carboxyhemoglobin concentrations. The authors conclude that the illness outbreak was due to a combination of factors, rather than to a single substance. Recommendations include not idling towing motors unnecessarily, installing local exhaust ventilation, and operating the mold at the proper temperature.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Plastics-industry; Region-5; Molds; Air-sampling; Breathing; Respiration; HETA-85-108-1593
CAS No.
50-00-0; 7783-06-4; 7446-09-5; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19850501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-132164
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-85-108-1593
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3079
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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