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Industrywide studies report: a walk-through survey of Upjohn, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Morawetz J; Steenland K
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 67-29, 1985 Jul; :1-48
A walkthrough survey of Upjohn, Incorporated (SIC-2834), Kalamazoo, Michigan in December, 1984 and June, 1985 was conducted. The purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of including the facility in a NIOSH ethylene-oxide (75218) cohort mortality study. Ethylene-oxide was used for sterilization at 12 sites in the facility. Approximately 7,500 persons worked at the facility. About 38 percent of the employees were female and 10 percent were non white. Personnel records existed back to 1973. The facility would be expected to contribute approximately 3,400 person/years to the NIOSH study. Industrial hygiene data existed from the late 1970s and could be used for estimating historical exposures. The company had an occupational health and safety department that employed 55 individuals. The department was in charge of routine surveillance of approximately 4,000 employees exposed to toxic agents. Surveillance involved giving annual physical examinations, including a chest X-ray if the employee was exposed to respiratory toxins. The authors conclude that the facility is eligible for inclusion in the NIOSH study; however, there are difficulties in identifying which individuals within given units were exposed and when they were first exposed.
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