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Industrywide studies report: a walk-through survey of R.T. French Company, Springfield, Missouri.
Stayner L; Greife A
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 67-49, 1986 Aug; :1-18
A walk through survey was conducted at R.T. French (SIC-2099), Springfield, Missouri to assess the feasibility of including workers from this facility in a NIOSH mortality and industrial hygiene study of workers exposed to ethylene-oxide (75218). Dry and wet food products such as mustard and spices are produced at this facility. ETO was first used at this facility in 1973 to reduce the microbial content of a variety of spices. About 77,250 pounds of ETO were used annually except in 1984 when about 36,000 was used. In 1984, the use of ETO was discontinued; raw materials are treated by an outside contractor. It was not possible to determine from personnel records which workers were potentially exposed to ETO. The number of person and person years that this population would contribute to the study had previously been overestimated. The author concluded that the facility should not be included in the larger ETO study because adequate personnel records or other records that can be used for identifying past and present workers exposed to ETO were not available. While payroll records could be used to rectify some of the problems, this task would be costly and time consuming.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-7; Fumigants; Ethylenes; Oxides; Food-processing-workers
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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