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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-050-1595, PPG Industries, Mt. Zion, Illinois.
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 84-050-1595, 1985 May; :1-10
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for adipic- acid (124049) and total and respirable dust at PPG Industries (SIC- 3211), Mount Zion, Illinois, January and September, 1984. The evaluation was requested to investigate employee exposure to Lucor and wood flour, used during the off/bearing of flat glass. Medical questionnaires were administered to 13 employees. The facility discontinued using wood flour 1 month after the January, 1984 survey. All adipic-acid samples were below the detection limits. Total and respirable dust concentrations were below 2 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists standards for hardwood and softwood dusts are 1mg/m3 and 5mg/m3, respectively. Six employees reported eye and throat irritation and three reported skin irritation. The author concludes that a health hazard due to exposure to Lucor does not exist at the facility. It could not be determined if a health hazard from exposure to wood dusts existed in the past, since the use of wood flour had been discontinued. Recommendations include using a heavy duty industrial vacuum cleaner during cleanup operations and practicing good housekeeping.
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