HHE determination report no. HHE-79-151-657, Dearborn Rubber Corporation, Westmont, 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 79-151-657, 1980 Jan; :1-8
In response to a request from the employer, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous conditions at the Dearborn Rubber Corporation, Westmont, Illinois. This facility warehoused industrial rubber products including rubber hose, metal hose, and conveyor belts. Often these items required special modifications before shipping such as welding or asbestos (1332214) covering. Asbestos was used in sheet form as a wrapping for rubber hoses or as a sleeve which is hand stretched and fitted as a double layer into a section of pipe to be used in a furnace door hose. Personal and area air samples were collected. Two of the three workers involved in the processes using asbestos were exposed to levels of asbestos fibers which exceeded the NIOSH recommended limit of 100,000 fibers over 5 microns in length per cubic meter as an 8 hour time weighted average. Most of the visible fiber emission occurred as a direct result of workers handling the material. These workers were wearing a lightweight nonapproved respirator even though heavier, approved respirators had been made available to them. They workers did not wear protective clothing, and visible fibers were seen hanging on their clothes. Fibers were randomly dispersed through the warehouse and accumulated on materials and equipment stored nearby. The author recommends that a switch to a less toxic material might be considered as the use of engineering controls to control the exposures would be extremely costly. A medical surveillance program should be established for employees regularly working with asbestos.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-79-151-657; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Asbestos-products; Fibrous-dusts; Dust-inhalation; Personal-protective-equipment; Warehousing; Respiratory-protective-equipment;
Author Keywords: asbestos; cloth; sleeve
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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