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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-097-1820, Devil's Lake Sioux Mfg. Corp., Fort Totten, ND.

Authors
Nichting-AT
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 87-097-1820, 1987 Jul; :1-17
NIOSHTIC No.
00174295
Abstract
In response to a request from employees at the Devil's Lake Sioux Manufacturing Corporation (SIC-2352) located in Fort Totten, North Dakota, a study was made to determine a possible health hazard from n-hexane (110543) exposure and other organic solvents used in the manufacture of Kevlar combat helmets at this facility. Ten women working as edgers had been treated for carpal tunnel syndrome. Air samples revealed concentrations of xylene (1330207) ranging from not detectable to 6.44mg/m3, toluene (108883) ranging from 0.46 to 33.2mg/m3, hexane ranging from 0.27 to 83.3mg/m3, and methyl-ethyl- ketone (78933) ranging from 20.0 to 310mg/m3. These levels were highest in the areas of the facility where edgers and glue spray booth operators worked. The author concludes that solvent exposures in these locations posed a potential health hazard. The carpal tunnel syndrome complaints appear to be related to ergonomic factors. The author recommends the substitution of less toxic materials in the workplace; applying proper engineering controls; improving local exhaust ventilation; providing protective clothing for workers; sampling of employees for organic solvent exposure at regular intervals; and informing the employees of all hazards inherent in their work.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-097-1820; Region-8; Hazard-Confirmed; Vapors; Solvent-vapors; Adhesives; Neuropathology;
CAS No.
110-54-3; 1330-20-7; 108-88-3; 78-93-3
Publication Date
19870701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-153234
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-87-097-1820
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2352
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
ND; OH
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