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Industrial hygiene survey report of Pan American Tannery, Gloverville, New York.
Fajen JM; Calvert G
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 76-13, 1989 Jan; :1-31
As part of a larger study concerning the clustering of testicular cancer among finish department employees in tanneries, a visit was made to the Pan American Tannery (SIC-3111), Gloverville, New York. Area air samples were taken for dimethylformamide (68122), glycol ethers, and substances in the general air. Bulk samples were also obtained to determine the potential for exposure to heavy metals. Major components in the air samples were identified as butyl- cellosolve (111762), diisobutylketone (108838), limonene (5989275), and 2-ethylhexyl-acetate (103093). Dimethylformamide was not found in the air, and was no longer used in the facility. Lead (7439921) was found in concentrations as high as 22,400 parts per million (ppm) in a bulk scraping from a ventilation duct. The high concentrations of lead result from lead based pigments. There were three cases of testicular cancer in finishing department employees, representing a crude standardized incidence ratio of 40.5. Area air samples indicate that exposure to glycol ethers did not exceed the Federal recommended limits. The authors recommend that an ongoing testicular cancer surveillance program be provided for past and present male employees in the finishing department. Improvements should be made in the personal protective equipment offered to the workers. Strict controls should be instituted regarding lead exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-76-13; Region-2; Tanning-industry; Cancer-rates; Risk-analysis; Epidemiology; Carcinogens; Reproductive-system-disorders
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