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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-082-1971, Jostens Incorporated, Princeton, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 88-082-1971, 1989 Jun; :1-23
In response to a request from an authorized representative of the employees at the Recognition Division of Jostens Incorporated (SIC- 3911), Princeton, Illinois, a study was undertaken of possible hazardous working conditions at that site. Jostens was a jewelry manufacturer producing rings, medallions, tie tacks, belt buckles and service awards. There were about 15 employees in the plating department where jewelry was cleaned by either suspending the piece in a trichloroethylene (79016) (TCE) vapor degreaser or by immersing it in acid or alkali baths. Six plating lines were located in this department, each with its own exhaust ventilation. Personal breathing zone air concentrations of TCE ranged from 14.7 to 33.4 parts per million (ppm). Area air samples ranged from 49.2 to 64.1ppm at the TCE degreaser and ultrasonic cleaner, respectively, indicating these were major contributors to the pollution. Of the 25 employees responding to a symptom questionnaire, seven reported multiple symptoms consistent with solvent exposure. Cases of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, kidney and breast cancer were identified among polish department employees. Only one employee with cancer had worked at Jostens more than 10 years before diagnosis. The authors conclude that a hazard existed to TCE exposure. The authors recommend improvements in engineering controls, safe work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment made.
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