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Preliminary survey report: control technology for manual transfer of chemical powders at Union Underwear Company, Campbellsville, Kentucky.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 149-23a, 1984 Jul; :1-8
Health hazard control methods, work processes, and existing control technologies used in the manual transfer of chemical powders were evaluated at Union Underwear Company (SIC-2322), Campbellsville, Kentucky in May, 1984. The company employed 3,900 workers involved in the manufacture of underwear for males. Soda-ash (497198), phosphates, and various dyes or colors were used in the dye kitchen. Dyes were prepared by mixing together liquids and solid materials so that the solids were thoroughly dispersed. Solids were brought to the work site in bags or drums, and workers removed small quantities into containers for weighing, then transferred them to the mixer. No ventilation controls were used in the dye kitchen. Workers received health and safety training, and educational materials were provided. All workers were given preemployment physical examinations and annual tests for hearing and vital capacity. Periodic dust sampling was performed, and a safety committee held monthly meetings to review health and safety problems. Respirators, safety glasses, rubber gloves, and ear protectors were provided. The author does not recommend an in depth study of control technologies at this company since no unique control measures are used.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Textiles-industry; Field-Study; Clothing; Phosphates; Region-4; Dyes; Industrial-processes; Medical-monitoring; Dust-sampling; Safety-education; Respirators; Personal-protective-equipment
Field Studies; Control Technology
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Respirator Research; Respirators
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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