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Preliminary survey report: Fiberboard Plant, Medford Corporation, Medford, Oregon.
Mortimer VD Jr.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 108-18A, 1982 Feb; :1-7
A visit was made to the Fiberboard Facility of the Medford Corporation, Medford, Oregon for the purpose of observing processes involving adhesives with emphasis on the method of application and associated occupational health hazard controls. The resin formulation used was a urea/formaldehyde mixture and may have contributed significantly to maintaining the low ambient levels of formaldehyde (50000) found in the work place. Engineering controls in place at the time of the study included control rooms for process operators, a canopy hood over the board cooling unit, and roof fans above the press. Over 100 individuals were employed at this site, spread over four shifts. To make fiberboard, heat and pressure were applied to a thick layer of wood fibers and resin. After cooling, the panels were sanded and trimmed to the desired size. There was no acceptable substitute for urea/formaldehyde resins; however, resins were being modified so as to reduce formaldehyde emissions. All workers were required to wear hard hats except while in certain specific areas. Hearing protectors and safety glasses were required for some jobs. Respirators were not mandatory, except when working above the press. The author concludes that if the wood products industry is selected for in depth study, this facility should be considered a prime candidate for a detailed survey.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-10; Adhesive-bonding; Formaldehydes; Wood-products
Field Studies; Control Technology
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