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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-003-1834, B. F. Goodrich, Woodburn, Indiana.

Authors
London-MA; Lee-S
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 85-003-1834, 1987 Sep; :1-23
NIOSHTIC No.
00175412
Abstract
In response to a request from the United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America Local 715, an investigation was made of an apparent excess of cancers appearing among workers in the B. F. Goodrich tire manufacturing facility (SIC-3011) located in Woodburn, Indiana. Excesses were reported in the milling and tuber areas of the facility. Company medical records, death certificates, and medical records from private physicians or hospitals were used to obtain data. Five cases of lung cancer and one of leukemia were confirmed. Analysis revealed a ten fold increase in lung cancer incidence over the expected number. In a survey made 5 years previously, breathing zone samples were taken for nitrosamines, for which NIOSH recommends keeping exposure as low as possible. Exposures to N-nitrosomorpholine (59892) ranged from 0.5 to 1.8 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3) and exposures to N- nitrosodimethylamine (62759) ranged up to 0.09microg/m3. Exposures to benzene (71432) in 1975 ranged from 0.5 to 11.9 parts per million. Measurements taken since 1980 showed significantly lower levels. Also, prior to 1979, talc (14807966) was used at this facility, suggesting possible exposure to asbestos (1332214). The authors conclude that based on lung cancer latency, there is evidence of exposure to an etiologic agent in the milling and tuber area of this company. It is recommended that exposures to various contaminants be kept under control and that a medical surveillance program be implemented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-85-003-1834; Region-5; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Rubber-workers; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Nitroso-compounds; Talc-dust; Author Keywords: Tires and Inner Tubes; cancer; lung cancer; leukemia; nitrosamines; benzene; asbestos-containing talc; coal tar pitch volatiles
CAS No.
59-89-2; 62-75-9; 71-43-2; 14807-96-6; 1332-21-4
Publication Date
19870901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-162672
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-85-003-1834
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3011
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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