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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-015-1871, Uniroyal-Goodrich, Opelika, Alabama.
Fidler AT; Singal M; Lee SA
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 86-015-1871, 1988 Feb; :1-28
In response to a request from the United Rubber Workers, an evaluation was made of an apparent excess of heart disease among workers at the Uniroyal-Goodrich Company, (SIC-3011), Opelika, Alabama. Heat stress was evaluated in the Tire Curing Department. A range of temperatures was noted from 84 to 89 degrees-F. The NIOSH recommended limit is 82 to 84 degrees-F. Exposures of forklift drivers to carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) were monitored. It was determined that two drivers were exposed to 4 to 11 parts per million (ppm) CO and that area samples sometimes reached 15ppm. All of these readings were well below the recommended limits. Measurements were also taken of exposures to carbon-disulfide (75150) in several areas of the facility. None was detected. Myocardial infarction was reported in 34 individuals for the period 1973 through 1985. Analysis of a 10 percent sample of personnel records for that period indicated no elevation in standardized mortality ratio. A case control study demonstrated no association between work in the Curing Department and the incidence of myocardial infarction. The authors recommend that steps be taken to control the radiant heat in the Curing Department. These steps include making certain that radiant heat blankets are kept in place. Workers should be educated and trained in ways to recognize and avoid heat stress. Forklift drivers and supervisors should avoid operating trucks in areas where ventilation is restricted.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-86-015-1871; Region-4; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Workplace-studies; Heat-stress; Rubber-workers; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Author Keywords: tire manufacturing; heat stress; carbon monoxide; carbon disulfide; myocardial infarction; heart disease
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