HHE Report No. HETA-87-300-0000, B.F. Goodrich Company, Marietta, Ohio.
In response to a request from the International Chemical Workers Union, a study was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the B.F. Goodrich Company, Marietta, Ohio. Of particular concern were cases of dermatitis possibly arising from skin exposure to substances handled on the job. The Compounding and Calendering working environments were contaminated by powder and liquid spills. Ample opportunity existed for workers to contact the aziridine based cross linking agent, polyfunctional acrylates, methylmethacrylate, epoxy resins, and sulfonate used in printing and compounding processes. Skin patch testing was performed to test for dermal sensitization to agents used during the performance of normal activities. All Compounding personnel and Calendering personnel associated with printing, ink production, and embossing who had dermatitis of the face, neck and/or arms, were asked to participate. The 126 persons tested represented 70 percent of persons employed in these departments. Based on the findings, the authors recommend an educational program for workers, use of coveralls, better housekeeping in the Compounding Department and other areas of the facility, use of vacuum systems or wet mopping to remove accumulated dust, avoidance of food in work areas, improved ventilation system, use of organic vapor cartridge respirators, improved personal hygiene, use of barrier creams, and improved medical surveillance of dermatitis cases.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-300-0000, 12 pages, 10 references