Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-167-1662, Simmons, USA, Kansas City, Kansas.
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 84-167-1662, 1986 Feb; :1-16
Total cotton dust levels were evaluated at Simmons USA (SIC-2515), Kansas City, Kansas, which manufactures mattresses, bedsprings and sleeper sofas. The Corporate Headquarters had requested an evaluation of employee exposure to airborne cotton dust in garnetting and associated processing areas. There were a number of emission points in the Garnetting Department. Missing machinery panels, open trash hoppers, use of compressed air, and throwing raw material onto the feed trays all increased levels. Use of mineral oil as an additive is believed to be of help at this facility. The authors conclude that concentrations were below the OSHA 1000 microgram per cubic meter total cotton dust standard. Further reduction could be achieved by proper maintenance and repair of machinery, and improved work practices. Ventilation equipment should be inspected and repaired as needed. The crimped ducts should be repaired. Extending the slots hoods to the full length of the trays and adding flexible side panels is recommended. All windows or panels on processing machinery should be closed and missing panels or doors replaced. Use of compressed air for clean up should be reduced and replaced with vacuum cleaning when possible. Employees conducting blow down should wear eye protection in addition to respirators.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-84-167-1662; Respiratory-irritants; Dust-control; Cotton-dust; Region-2; Hazard-Unconfirmed; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report;
Author Keywords: Mattresses and Bedsprings; Garnetting; Hide-A-Bed; Baling; Hog-Ringing; Cotton Batts; Cotton Dust-Total; Mineral Oil; Boric Acid
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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