HHE Report No. HETA-85-100-1585, Lennox China, Pomona, New Jersey.
NIOSH 1985 May:11 pages
A health hazard evaluation was conducted at Lennox China (SIC-3262), Pomona, New Jersey in December, 1984 and January, 1985. The evaluation was requested by an employee representative to investigate a possible excess of cancer in the decal department. Five cases of cancer, all fatal, occurred among the 12 female employees in the department since 1979. The work areas were inspected. Personnel records and death certificates of the employees with cancer were reviewed. Family members of the cancer cases and employer and employee representatives were interviewed. Company industrial hygiene sampling data was reviewed. The five women had different types of cancer (breast, colon, hypernephroma, mesothelioma, and nasopharynx). No unusual exposures were indicated in the industrial hygiene sampling data. Paper dust was scattered around the work areas and solvent type odors were noted emanating from the decal storage areas. Workers complained of irritation from the paper dust and the stuffy atmosphere in the work areas. The authors conclude that there is no identifiable health hazard in the decal department. Development of cancer in the subjects was not due to a common workplace exposure. Recommendations include improving the ventilation system, reevaluating dust exposures, and establishing an educational program on cancer.
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-85-100-1585, 11 pages, 3 references