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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-272-1276, Boeing Vertol Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Chrostek W; Liss GM; MossCE
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 82-272-1276, 1983 Mar; :1-22
In response to a request from the Boeing Vertol Company (SIC-3721), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a study was made of possible hazardous conditions causing symptoms of depression, anxiety and crying episodes, nausea, eye strain and headache reported among workers in the Purchase Parts Stores (PPS) and Packaging areas. High pressure sodium vapor (HPSV) lights were used in these areas. Storage boxes used in the PPS area had been dipped in 99.9 percent pure molten sulfur (7704349) for fire retardation and stiffening. Air samples were taken from this area and sulfate exposures ranged from 10 to 14 micrograms/cubic meter (microg/m3) of air. No sulfite concentrations were detectable. Sulfur-dioxide (7446095) concentrations ranged from 7 to 10microg/m3. A study of the work environment in the packaging area indicated that there were certain spots which lacked sufficient illumination. There was also a significant amount of glare from the video display terminal screens which was annoying to workers. Eye fatigue and loss of smell were more prevalent in the PPS than in Packaging; illumination levels were lower and sulfur boxes were used in the PPS, while illumination levels were higher and sulfur boxes were not used in Packaging. The authors conclude that no serious adverse health effects were noted; eye symptoms and minor color vision abnormalities may have been related to HPSV lights and use of sulfur boxes. The authors recommend that this type of box be avoided in the future, and that attention be given to lighting in the packaging area. Adjustments were also suggested for the video screens to minimize glare.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-82-272-1276; Region-3; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Eye-irritants; Sulfur-oxides; Sulfur-compounds; Dusts; Warehousing; Storage-containers; Storage-facilities; Video-display-terminals; Author Keywords: Aircraft; High Pressure Sodium Vapor Lamps
7704-34-9; 7446-09-5
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