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Walk-through survey report at A.C. Lawrence Leather Company, South Paris, Maine.
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 132-18, 1983 May; :1-7
A walk through survey was undertaken at a chrome tannery to gather information for a NIOSH industry wide study of the tanning industry. This facility was built in 1955 with an addition in 1973. Currently the facility employed 150 individuals in the production area and 40 in the administrative area. The products of the factory were finished leather hides with an annual production of 500,000 hides. The hides were produced in a variety of colors with many different finishes and special treatments. Ventilation consisted of a few fans mounted near the ceiling and an open door at the beginning of the wet process area. Large amounts of air were drawn out of the building by ventilating systems in the spray finishing booths. Workers were potentially exposed to calcium-oxide (1305788), hydrogen-sulfide (7783064), ammonia (7664417), sulfuric- acid (7664939), chrome, tannins, paraffin wax fumes, resins, leather dust, dye dust, heat and noise. While actual measurements were not taken at this site, the practice of good housekeeping rules and lack of any strong odors suggest that the working conditions may be good. The author suggests improvements for the mixing and storing area of the doping department. Drums containing solvents should be sealed more tightly when not in use to prevent evaporation of vapors. An in depth industrial hygiene survey at this location is not recommended by the author.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-1; Chromium-compounds; Solvent-vapors; Dust-inhalation; Organic-solvents; Spraying-booths; Leather-industry; Occupational-exposure
1305-78-8; 7783-06-4; 7664-41-7; 7664-93-9
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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