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HHE determination report no. HHE-78-73-612, Kentile Floors, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 78-73-612, 1979 Sep; :1-24
Due to suspected worker exposure to asbestos (1332214), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNA), vinyl-chloride (75014), talc (14807966), alpha-methyl-styrene (98839), and numerous organic and inorganic dyes and pigments, a hazard evaluation was undertaken at Kentile Floors, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. This company produced vinyl/asbestos and asphalt/asbestos floor coverings. The only contaminant which exceeded limits of exposure was asbestos with eight of 30 samples exceeding 0.10 fibers/cubic centimeter. No cases of asbestosis were found in past or present workers at this facility. Dyes were not used by the company, and alpha-methyl- styrene was no longer used. The authors recommend that the company review their materials list to determine which chemicals are potentially toxic and monitor these chemicals periodically and that carcinogens be identified and stored away from other chemicals. Employees should be be instructed in the proper use of respirators, and respirators should be worn during filling of drums. Safety glasses and side shields should be worn when working on or near the recycling conveyor belts. The ventilation and exhaust systems should be examined to be certain they are effective. Clothing exposed to possible asbestos contamination should be maintained at the facility and not taken home with the workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-78-73-612; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Asbestos-products; Vinyl-plastics; Fibrous-dusts, Author Keywords: carbon black; polynuclear hydrocarbons; PNA; benzo(a)pyrene; anthracene; phenanthrene; pyrene; chrysene; benzene-soluble fraction; mineral spirits; benzene; asbestos; total dust; lead; total chromium; cancer
1332-21-4; 75-01-4; 14807-96-6; 98-83-9
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