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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-080-1856, Duro Bag Manufacturing Company, Richwood, Kentucky.

Laubli T; Mathias CG; Almaguer D
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 87-080-1856, 1988 Jan; :1-23
In response to a request from the Duro Bag Manufacturing Company (SIC-2643), Richwood, Kentucky, an investigation was made of the occurrence of skin rashes and hair loss at the facility. Products included shopping bags, grocery bags, millinary and notion bags and wrapping paper in the Paper Division. In the Plastics Division products included various sizes of plastic bags shaped from thin sheets of polyethylene. Water based inks were used on paper bags and solvent based inks were used on plastic bags. Bags were glued using a water based mixture. A questionnaire was completed by 215 of 245 hourly production workers. Sixty one of those responding indicated a skin rash in the period since January 1, 1986. Hair loss had been noticed by 12 employees. Significantly elevated relative risks were noted among bag catchers of the plastic division for skin rashes on arms and hands. Increases in skin rashes of the head and neck area occurred among bag catchers, collator tenders, and adjuster supervisors in grocery bag production areas. Dust levels were below current standards. The authors conclude that the cause of the skin rashes probably is exposure to chemicals used to clean machine parts. The authors recommend specific changes to reduce the occurrence of contact dermatitis, including use of personal protective equipment, good personal hygiene, ventilation systems, dust control, proper humidity for work areas, regular use of skin moisturizers, and proper use of respirators.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-080-1856; Region-4; Hazard-Confirmed; Skin-exposure; Paper-manufacturing-industry; Plastics-industry; Solvents; Author Keywords: Bags; dermatitis; skin rash; starch; glue; solvents; cinnamic aldehyde
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