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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-268-1641, Products Research Chemical Corp., Gloucester City, New Jersey.
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 85-268-1641, 1985 Dec; :1-47
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for methylethylketone (78933), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556), toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), and ethylbenzene (100414) at the Products Research Chemical Corporation (SIC-2891), Gloucester City, New Jersey in May and July, 1985. The evaluation was requested by workers because of concern for potential health effects from chemical exposures at the facility. The evaluation was assigned to the New Jersey State Department of Health. Twenty one employees were interviewed by questionnaire. Work practices were observed. All exposures were well below their relevant standards, generally averaging less than 4.0 parts per million (ppm), except for methylethylketone. The pot washer had a mean methylethylketone exposure of 50.2ppm. Five employees reported skin problems. No other health related problems were reported. The facility had a respiratory protection program. The pot washer used an air supplied respirator. The authors conclude that a significant health hazard does not exist at the facility. Recommendations include educating and training the pot washer in the importance of full respiratory and skin protection, installing pumps on the drums and local exhaust ventilation in the batch make/up area, and constructing a vented work station in or adjacent to the compounding area for use during jobs having potentially hazardous exposures.
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