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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-289-1798, Kirby Manufacturing Company, Inc., McClure, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Crandall-MS; Singal-M
Source
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 84-289-1798, 1987 May; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
00173099
Abstract
In response to a request from an employer representative an evaluation was made of the Kirby manufacturing Company (SIC-2260) located in McClure, Pennsylvania concerning possible exposure to formaldehyde (50000) from the resin used to give a wrinkle resistant property to textiles. Full shift breathing zone and general air monitoring samplings were performed. In 14 samples the personal exposure to formaldehyde ranged from 0.5 to 1.5 parts per million (ppm) with an average of 1.0ppm. A questionnaire regarding symptoms was completed by 100 workers. Symptoms reported to be occurring more frequently of late included sneezing, nasal irritation, headache, eye irritation, throat irritation, and coughing. As these symptoms were connected with formaldehyde exposures, the authors conclude that overexposure to formaldehyde was occurring at the facility. The authors recommend that a specialist in industrial ventilation systems be consulted to prepare specifications for a dilution ventilation system for this facility. Using this new system, indoor air containing formaldehyde vapor would not be recirculated. Fabrics containing formaldehyde should be aired before further treatment or use.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; HETA-84-289-1798; Textiles-industry; Textile-workers; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Inhalants; Vapors; Organic-vapors; Author Keywords: Dyeing and Finishing Textiles; Formaldehyde
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
19870501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-126149
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-84-289-1798
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2260
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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