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Industrywide studies report of an industrial hygiene survey at the Clermont Sun, Batavia, Ohio, report no. IWS-77-37.
NIOSH 1986 Jun; :1-32
A walk through survey was conducted at Clermont Sun (SIC-2752), Batavia, Ohio, a typical small scale newspaper company employing less than 30 persons, to determine if pressroom employees were exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alkylated PAHs, and nitrated PAHs. The black newsprint ink was suspected of containing these compounds. The publishing company prints by the lithographic process. Air samples collected in the pressroom revealed no detectable levels of PAHs. The lithographic or offset press does not achieve the printing speed required to generate an ink aerosol. The black newsprint ink did contain PAHs and alkylated PAHs, which were all below 30.5 nanograms per microliter of ink. The author concludes that there appears to be no inhalation hazard to the employees. Any health hazards to employees from skin contact to inks is unknown. Airborne dust and filings samples from the brake pads used to create tension between the web and press rollers did not contain asbestos. Noise levels during press operation ranged from 90 decibels-A (dBA) to 108 dBA in the work area. The author recommends that a comprehensive noise monitoring system be established.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-77-37; Region-5; Newspapers; Asbestos-fibers; Polycyclic-hydrocarbons
Field Studies; Industry Wide
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-77-37, 32 pages, 36 references
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