HHE Report No. HETA-87-435-1896, Wilbanks International Inc. (Adolph Coors Company), Hillsboro, Oregon.
Thun-MJ; McCammon-C; Wells-V
NIOSH 1988 May:22 pages
In response to a request from the company, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at Wilbanks International (SIC- 3297), Hillsboro, Oregon. This facility produced ceramic industrial parts, and was owned by the Adolph Coors Company. Three cases of kidney failure had occurred in male workers after performing similar jobs; each of these workers had been a hydrostatic press operator. Medical evaluations indicated minor renal dysfunction in two of 12 current Wilbanks employees who worked in or near the press area. Medical records, insurance claims and the U.S. End Stage Renal Disease registry were used to identify additional cases of kidney disease at this facility and five other Coors ceramics facilities; there was no excess of renal disease identified at the other facilities. Concern was noted about binder burnoff, which consists of partially combusted byproducts of polyethylene-glycol (25322683), and which may occasionally vent into the plant from the kilns. Potentially nephrotoxic short chain glycol compounds may exist in these fumes. The authors conclude that a potential hazard may have existed from the recirculation of combustion byproducts from periodic kilns. The authors recommend that medical surveillance be instituted for renal disease in production workers. Engineering controls should be instituted to eliminate exposure to binder burnoff.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-435-1896; Region-10; Hazard-Confirmed; Kidney-disorders; Ceramics-industry;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-435-1896, 22 pages, 23 references