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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-238-1814, Kountry Kreations, Towanda, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Burr-GA
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 87-238-1814, 1987 Jul; :1-18
NIOSHTIC No.
00174301
Abstract
In response to a request from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, an evaluation was made of complaints associated with handling imported grape vine wreaths at the Kountry Kreations (SIC-3980) in Towanda, Pennsylvania. Kountry Kreations produced decorative craft items for the wholesale market. The wreaths were imported from Taiwan. Complaints from employees included headache, sore throat, watering eyes, extreme tiredness, blurry vision, sore neck, nausea, upset stomach, chills, loss of concentration, rapid heartbeat, rash, and leg twitches. Various aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl substituted benzenes, naphthalenes, and styrene (100425) were detected in bulk sample analyses. No aromatic chlorinated pesticides were detected nor was there evidence of methylene-bromide. The author concludes that a potential health hazard existed due to improper ventilation at the facility. The introduction of fresh, outside air was insufficient and the inadequate containment of contaminant producing processes were the major contributors to the problem. The author recommends worker education of the hazards associated with craft materials and proper work habits. Specific mention was made that the glue melting pots be operated in the temperature range which was specified by the manufacturer of the adhesives.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-87-238-1814; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-3; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Vapors; Ventilation-systems; Inhalants;
CAS No.
100-42-5
Publication Date
19870701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-149240
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-87-238-1814
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3980
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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