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Industrywide studies report of an indepth survey at Gates Rubber Company, Galesburg, Illinois.

Authors
Fajen JM
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, IWS 147-37, 1988 Apr; :1-24
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00181285
Abstract
In order to assess the extent of worker exposure to 1,3-butadiene (106990), an indepth analysis was made of working conditions at the Gates Rubber Company (SIC-3041), Galesburg, Illinois. There were 517 employees at the site, 417 of whom were involved in production. The facility operated around the clock with three shifts. Job descriptions for positions with the highest likely exposure to 1,3- butadiene included banbury mill operators (mixes raw materials), mill operators (operates warm up mill after stock material is dumped), extruder operators (extrudes rubber stock into a continuous tube), extruder mill operators (operates mill which feeds stock to the extruder), and curing press operator (loads and unloads rubber stock into the curing presses). Of the 34 personal samples collected over the three shifts, gas chromatographic analysis revealed that none contained 1,3-butadiene in the front sections; analysis of the back sections of four samples indicated that no breakthrough had occurred. The investigation revealed no detectable levels of 1,3-butadiene. The authors conclude that the workers in the end user industry do not currently have measurable exposures to 1,3-butadiene.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-147-37; Region-5; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Rubber-processing-equipment; Rubber-workers; Butadienes
CAS No.
106-99-0
Publication Date
19880401
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-246988
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IWS-147-37
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3041
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IL; OH
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