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Health hazard evaluation report: MHETA-88-214-1952, Flying W Plastics Company, Glenville, West Virginia.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, MHETA 88-214-1952, 1989 Mar; :1-21
In response to a request from the management of Flying W Plastics Company (SIC-3079), Glenville, West Virginia an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at that site. Particular concern was expressed regarding noise, dust and vapor exposures arising from the fabrication of polyethylene, polystyrene, and polyvinyl-chloride (9002862) (PVC) pipe and pipe fittings. Analysis of air samples indicated that largely aliphatic hydrocarbons, toluene (108883), xylene (1330207), methylene-chloride (75092), and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) were present at low levels. In the samples tested, di-n-butyl-phthalate (84742) and di- cyclohexyl-phthalate (84617) were below detectable levels. Some of the workers were exposed to PVC dusts at concentrations ranging from for 1 year or less. Sections of the asbestos (1332214) insulation on the Braybender machine were damaged and could present an exposure hazard. Some employees were exposed to hazardous levels of noise, including the grinder, line take off attendant, and hopper attendant. Hearing protection was used by workers in the grinding area but not in the other noisy areas. A large unguarded chain drive was noted in the warehouse grinding area on the blending machine which did present a hazard to the workers. The author concludes that hazards existed at the facility due to exposure to noise, asbestos insulation and PVC dust; a safety hazard existed from an unguarded chain drive. The author recommends specific measures to correct these problems.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-3; MHETA-88-214-1952; Hazard-Confirmed; Industrial-noise; Noise-exposure; Plastics-industry; Plastic-products; Author Keywords: Pipe Fabrication; Extruding; Polyvinyl Chloride; Polyethylene; Polystyrene; Noise
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