HHE Report No. HETA-87-010-1892, Hater Industries, Incorporated, Cincinnati, Ohio.
NIOSH 1988 May:12 pages
In response to a request from the United Steelworkers of America, Local 310, a study was made of possible worker exposure to metallic oxides or fumes, refractory (ceramic) fibers, mold coating compounds, and fluxing agents at Hater Industries (SIC-3341), Cincinnati, Ohio. This foundry was engaged in the manufacture of a variety of aluminum automotive and commercial mold castings. Work practices and conditions of exposure were observed during a walk through survey. Employee medical interviews were conducted, and medical records were reviewed. OSHA air monitoring data were reviewed. Transient symptoms of upper respiratory irritation were reported by molders; these were related to the use of spray release compounds. Sawmen and hot inspectors did not report respiratory symptoms. No objective evidence was found of chronic respiratory illness or metal fume fever in this study population. Heat intolerance was reported by two molders. Air monitoring data indicated no overexposures. The authors conclude that no evidence of chronic respiratory illness could be documented, although acute respiratory irritation appeared common. The authors recommend that proper work practices be followed and all appropriate protective equipment be worn by the employees. Period checks of the ventilation controls are suggested.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-5; HETA-87-010-1892; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Foundry-workers; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Heat-tolerance;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-010-1892, 12 pages, 11 references