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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-270-1656, Laminating Corporation of America, Eatontown, New Jersey.
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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 83-270-1656, 1986 Jan; :1-48
Walkthrough surveys of environmental and medical exposures were conducted at the Laminating Corporation of America (SIC-2649), Eatontown, New Jersey. The evaluation was requested by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. Solvents of concern included methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), cyclohexanone (108941), acetone (67641), and toluene (108883). Mixing room workers and middlemen on printing presses had the highest measured exposure, 0.59 times the NIOSH composite Threshold Limit Value (TLV). Area samples indicated the highest levels were detected at the front end of the printing press (1.27x NIOSH composite TLV) and in the mixing room (1.09x NIOSH Composite TLV). An excess of central and peripheral nervous system symptoms were noted in workers exposed to mixed solvent at concentrations associated in previous studies with nervous system toxicity. The authors conclude that a health hazard from mixed solvent exposure exists at this facility. Recommendations are offered for a medical monitoring program, periodic examinations of all exposed employees, and suggestions are given for improved work practices and engineering controls.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-83-270-1656; Hazards-Confirmed; Central-nervous-system-disorders; Solvent-vapors; Ketones; Region-2; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: Converted Paper and Paperboard Products; NEC; solvents; neurotoxicity; peripheral neuropathy
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