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Health hazard evaluation report: MHETA-88-214-1952, Flying W Plastics Company, Glenville, West Virginia.

Authors
Kullman-G
Source
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
NIOSHTIC No.
00188719
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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;
CAS No.
9002-86-2; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7; 75-09-2; 71-55-6; 84-74-2; 84-61-7; 1332-21-4
Publication Date
19890301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-230544
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
MHETA-88-214-1952
NIOSH Division
DRDS
SIC Code
3079
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
ME; WV
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