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Industrywide studies report of an indepth survey at Gates Rubber Company, Galesburg, Illinois.
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
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.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-147-37; Region-5; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Rubber-processing-equipment; Rubber-workers; Butadienes
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