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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-125-2021, Pan American Tannery, Gloversville, New York.

Authors
Fajen-JM; Calvert-GM; Hills-B
Source
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 89-125-2021, 1990 Jan; :1-48
NIOSHTIC No.
00194426
Abstract
In response to a request from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, a study was made of possible occupational exposure to hazardous materials in the finishing department of the Pan American Tannery (SIC-3111), Gloversville, New York. Concern had risen at the company following a report in a medical journal about testicular cancer in the tanning industry. A cluster of three men in the finishing department had already been identified with testicular cancer. Several examples of poor housekeeping and poor maintenance of the building were noted on the walk through study. Major contaminants in the air samples included 2-butoxyethanol (111762), diisobutylketone (108838), limonene (7705148), and 2-ethylhexyl- acetate (103093). According to the authors, it is not possible to determine if any specific agent was responsible for the testicular cancer cluster due to the fact that several changes had been made over time in the engineering controls and chemical processing, and that written records were not available. The authors recommend measures to reduce worker exposures, including medical surveillance, ventilation improvements, work practices and housekeeping requirements.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-125-2021; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Reproductive-system-disorders; Carcinogens; Cancer-rates; Personal-protective-equipment; Testes; Organic-vapors;
CAS No.
111-76-2; 108-83-8; 7705-14-8; 103-09-3
Publication Date
19900101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-108217
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-89-125-2021
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3111
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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