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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-152-1684, Milprint, Inc., DePere, Wisconsin.

Kramkowski RS; Orris P
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 85-152-1684, 1986 Apr; :1-14
The possible risk of chronic respiratory disease or cancer during the manufacture of printed and coated food wrapping materials was investigated at Milprint Inc. (SIC-2641), DePere, Wisconsin. The evaluation was requested by Local 1203 of the United Paperworkers International Union due to concern that a risk of pulmonary sensitization and cancer might exist from worker exposures to chemicals. A medical survey was conducted of all 42 employees in the Flexoprinting Department of the company. Generalized complaints of mucous membrane irritation and headaches associated with working at the presses were noted. Air samples were taken to assess exposure to toluene-diisocyanate (584849) (TDI), methylene-bisphenyl- isocyanate (101688) (MDI) and various solvents used during the printing of food wrappers. No TDI or MDI was detected in any of the nine samples collected for each isocyanate. No significant concentrations of any of nine organic solvents were detected in personal or area samples collected. The authors conclude that no exposure was identified at Milprint, Inc. which would subject employees to higher risk of allergy, asthma, or cancer than the general population. The authors recommend that workers exercise caution in handling the various printing inks to avoid inhalation, skin contact, and possible inadvertent ingestion of the ink or its mist. Cleaning solvents should be used in a safe manner since a potential for mucous membrane irritation and mild narcosis does exist.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-85-152-1684; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Carcinogens; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Mucous-membranes; Region-5; Author Keywords: Paper coating and Glazing; Commercial printing, Letterpress and Screen; Flexographic printing; Food wrappers; Pressman
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2641; 2751
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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