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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-048-049-1658, Lausen Engine Division, New Holstein, Wisconsin.
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 85-048-049-1658, 1986 Jan; :1-13
Walkthrough evaluations, employee interviews, and an environmental survey were conducted at the Lausen Engine Division (SIC-3524), New Holstein, Wisconsin. The evaluations were conducted in response to two separate requests concerning employee exposure to formaldehyde (50000) and phenol (108952) vapors during the assembly of brake pads in the Subassembly Department, and exposure to dusts during the grinding, cutting and drilling of engine parts at the Cam Line. Personal breathing samples for formaldehyde were below the analytical limit of detection 2 milligrams per sample. General air samples showed trace levels of phenol, 0.025 parts per million (ppm) and 0.042ppm. OSHA permissible exposure limit for phenol is 5ppm. Personal samples at the Cam Line showed time weighted average concentrations for total and respirable particulates ranging from to 0.43mg/m3, respectively. OSHA permissible exposure limit for respirable particulate is 15.0mg/m3. The author concluded that no hazard exists at this time. It is recommended that curing and gluing oven temperatures be below 550 degrees-F, increased efforts be made to alleviate dermatitis problems should they arise, employees be encouraged to avoid skin contact with lubricating fluids, good personal hygiene be encouraged, and incidences of carpal tunnel syndrome and other ergonomic hazards be investigated.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Skin-irritants; Ergonomics; Respiratory-irritants; Region-5; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: Internal Combustion Engines; Formaldehyde; Phenol; Total and Respirable Nuisance Particulates
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