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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-246-1610, Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey.

Authors
Cummings-CE
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 83-246-1610, 1985 Jul; :1-19
NIOSHTIC No.
00179834
Abstract
In response to a request from the employees' union, an evaluation was made of complaints of burning, itching, and redness of hands, hives, and irritation of the eyes at the Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation's Customer Payment Processing (SIC-4931) facility in Iselin, New Jersey. All 45 employees working at the facility participated. It was suspected that symptoms were related to use of an automatic envelope opener, the AES MAILSYSTEM 3/30, which used Paper Fiber Separator solution (PFS). Payment processors, who spent the workday handling opened envelopes, experienced a higher prevalence of symptoms (75 percent of workers) than did the other workers. Clerical workers had the second highest prevalence (57 percent), while managers did not report symptoms of any kind. Twenty five percent of AES 3/30 operators had symptoms. Analysis of PFS indicated 18.2 percent propylene-glycol-monomethyl-ether (107982), a known irritant; this was present at 82.3mg/kg in treated envelopes. Dust which may have come from envelopes was found inside the machine and on work surfaces in payment processing. Management and employees reported that ventilation seemed inadequate. The author concludes that skin and mucous membrane irritation and headaches area associated with payment processing at the facility and with the AES 3/30. The author recommends that employee contact with the envelopes and dust be limited and that proper general ventilation be installed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HETA-83-246-1610; Region-2; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Office-workers; Solvent-vapors; Air-quality-control; Dust-control; Dust-inhalation; Respiratory-irritants; Author Keywords: Electric and Other Services Combined; indoor air pollution; glycol ethers; propylene glycol monomethyl ether; mucous membrane irritation
CAS No.
107-98-2
Publication Date
19850701
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-224225
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-246-1610
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4931
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; OH
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