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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-125-2021, Pan American Tannery, Gloversville, New York.
Fajen JM; Calvert GM; Hills B
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
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.
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; Author Keywords: Leather Tanning and Finishing; dimethylformamide; testicular cancer; glycol ethers; lead; cancer clusters; ventilation; personal protective equipment
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