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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-86-284-1914, H.B. Smith Company, Inc., Westfield, Massachusetts.
McManus-KP; Bicknell-RJ; Klincewicy-S
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 86-284-1914, 1988 Jul; :1-21
In response to a request from Local 95, Molders and Allied Workers Union, an evaluation was made of exposures to chemicals at the H.B. Smith Company, Inc. (SIC-3565, SIC-3321), Westfield, Massachusetts, due to concern over symptoms of breathing difficulties experienced by workers. Workers at the foundry were involved in coremaking, mold making, casting, shake out, and knockout operations. Possible exposures to carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO), respirable free silica (14808607), dimethylethylamine (75649) (DMEA), and acrolein (107028) were determined. Acrolein was not detected. CO levels ranged from 10.4mg/m3. The respirable free silica ranged up to 0.54mg/m3. Pulmonary function tests and x-rays showed no evidence of silicotic lung disease. The authors conclude that a health hazard existed due to worker exposures to respirable free silica, DMEA and CO. The authors recommend measures to reduce worker exposures, including a mandatory personal protective equipment policy, administrative and engineering controls for CO, improvements in ventilation, and periodic medical examinations.
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