HHE Report No. HETA-87-017-1949, United Rubber Workers' International Union, Akron, Ohio.
NIOSH 1989 Feb:23 pages
In response to a request from the United Rubber Workers' International Union, an evaluation was made of exposure to fibrogenic dust and the occurrence of pneumoconioses among workers in the tire industry (SIC-3011). A series of 987 chest radiographs for workers at least 40 years old was reviewed and limited environmental testing was performed. The investigation concerned workers at nine locations, representing four different companies. The results of the film analysis indicated two films with minor parenchymal change suggestive of pneumoconiosis and 22 films with other pleural abnormalities. Almost half of those films with abnormalities were found among workers at one particular facility. Twenty four of the 987 films indicated findings consistent with asbestos (1332214) exposure. Surveys conducted in three tire manufacturing facilities represented in the x-ray survey indicated no documentable overexposures to fibrous materials or to other known pneumoconiosis producing dusts. Data collected by OSHA from 1979 through 1985 in the rubber manufacturing industry indicated that there were overexposures to asbestos.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-017-1949; Region-5; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Fibrous-dusts; Hazards-Unconfirmed;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Health Hazard Evaluation/Technical Assistance Program, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. HETA-87-017-1949, 23 pages, 16 references