Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-380-1651, Champion DairyPak, Morristown, New Jersey.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 85-380-1651, 1986 Jan; :1-12
A walkthrough evaluation and worker interviews were carried out on August 7, 1985 at Champion DairyPak (SIC-2654) Morristown, New Jersey. The evaluation was requested by UAW Local 260 to investigate health hazards at the facility. Approximately 135 workers are employed on three shifts printing and folding plastic impregnated cartons used for dairy products. The primary potential exposures at Champion DairyPak are considered to be noise, solvents and polyethylene (9002884) dust. Fifteen workers on the first shift were questioned concerning respiratory symptoms that might be related to dust exposure; four reported symptoms associated with an irritant dust during sealing machine clean up procedures. The noise problem was evaluated by the company, and a hearing conservation program is in place. The company had previously replaced the solvent 2-ethoxyethanol (110805) with propylene-glycol-monomethyl- ether (107982) to reduce potential health risks of exposure. The authors concluded that minimal health hazards exist at Champion DairyPak due to exposure to dusts from the sealing machines and solvents in the printing process. Recommendations are made to reduce exposures to solvents and dusts, and to reduce noise levels in the facility.
NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; HETA-85-380-1651; Region-2; Dust-exposure; Ethylenes; Ethanols; Ethers; Noise-exposure; Irritants; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; NIOSH-Author;
Author Keywords: Sanitary Food Containers; Polymer Dust; Solvents; Respiratory Complaints
9002-88-4; 110-80-5; 107-98-2
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health