Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-87-379-1977, Keebler Company, Atlanta, Georgia.
NIOSH 1989 Aug; :1-38
In response to a request from an authorized representative of Local 412, Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco Workers (BCTW) Union, an evaluation was made of possible health hazards at the Keebler Company (SIC-2052), Atlanta, Georgia. Of specific concern were exposure to raw materials and chemicals in the Mixing Department, the possible use of asbestos (1332214) in insulation in an area used for proofing, exposure to airborne contaminants or carcinogens through inhalation or direct handling of the product, and the potential for release of contaminants or carcinogens from the heating of plastic film on overwrap or shrinkwrap machines and from heating hot melt adhesives. No asbestos fibers were detected in either settled dusts or airborne dusts in the areas monitored. Trace levels of formaldehyde (50000) and acetaldehyde (75070) were detected in one of the heated hot melt adhesives. Trace amounts of toluene (108883), limonene (7705148), and a mixture of other volatile organics including various 9 to 12 carbon hydrocarbons, as well as small amounts of other organic compounds were noted on the analysis of shrink wrap emissions. All potential exposures were well below the recommended safety levels. Keebler eliminated the one oven which had asbestos containing insulation. The authors conclude that no worker exposures to potential carcinogens existed, and other potential exposures were below evaluation criteria. There was no evidence of an increased incidence of lung cancer or cancer in general among the employees.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-379-1977; Region-4; Food-handlers; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Volatiles; Asbestos-dust; Food-processing-industry
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Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-379-1977, 38 pages, 26 references