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NIOSH Testimony on Cotton Dust Standards by R. A. Nelson, August, 1983.

NIOSH 1983 Aug:31 pages
This testimony concerned the work of NIOSH in the field of controlling worker exposure to cotton dust. Chronic conditions associated with cotton dust inhalation, including byssinosis, contribute to a large extent to the total number of the respiratory system diseases found in the labor force. NIOSH supported OSHA in proposing a standard consistent with the strategy of protecting the respiratory health of workers in the cotton textile industry. NIOSH recommended that the coverage of the proposed revised standard be broadened to protect workers in several of the nontextile industries as well. Recent research mandates that the cotton ginning industry also be covered by a standard. This testimony recommended that the Permissible Exposure Limit of 1.0mg/m3 for total raw cotton dust not be relied upon alone to protect workers in the waste utilization industry from cotton dust exposure. The necessary standard should protect workers from adverse health effects from cotton dust exposure by reducing lint free respirable dust exposures to the lowest level feasible, and monitoring the health of the individual workers. The washing of cotton appeared to be a promising control strategy; NIOSH was engaged in a collaborative effort concerning the washed cotton approach to the problem.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Nelson-R-A; Dust-control; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Airborne-dusts; Plant-dusts; Cotton-dust; Cotton-industry;
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Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Disease and Injury; Pulmonary-system-disorders;
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NIOSH, 31 pages, 22 references
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