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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-343-1822, Sheller-Globe (Allen Industries, Inc.), Herrin, Illinois.
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 86-343-1822, 1987 Jul; :1-23
In response to a request from Local 1374 of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America, a survey of possible hazards from chemicals used in acoustical resinated fiber insulation manufacturing was conducted at the Sheller-Globe (SIC-2295) facility (formerly Allen Industries, Inc.) in Herrin, Illinois. Exposure levels detected for 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) ranged from 0.32 to 0.63 parts per million (ppm); vinylidene-chloride (75354), not detectable; formaldehyde (50000), below detectable levels; hexamethylenetetramine (100970), detected in only one of five samples at a concentration of 0.044ppm; ammonia (7664417) from 2 to 35ppm; phenol (108952), below the limit of detection; carbon- monoxide (630080), less than 1 to 4ppm; total particulates from 2.26 to 13.78mg/m3; asbestos (1332214), no detectable levels; and toluene- diisocyanate (584849) from nondetectable to 0.0036ppm. The author concludes that there was a potential for overexposure to nuisance particulate in one area of the facility. The author recommends that increased emphasis be placed on reducing dust exposures through proper work practices and engineering controls. Local exhaust ventilation should be completed in the Hot Oil Press Department. Further study is suggested to pinpoint the source of the toluene- diisocyanate in the coating department. Immediate reporting of all incidences of dermatitis or other health problems is encouraged.
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