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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-212-2020, Schlegel Tennessee, Inc., Maryville, Tennessee.

Authors
Kiken-S; Newman-M; Cox-C
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 89-212-2020, 1990 Mar; :1-17
NIOSHTIC No.
00194428
Abstract
In response to a request from the company, an investigation was made of possible hazardous conditions at the Schlegel Tennessee, Inc. (SIC-2822), Maryville, Tennessee. Concern had been expressed by union representatives about possible exposures to airborne nitrosamines, and the incidence of cancer in employees. The company produces rubber weather stripping for automobiles. Approximately 70 salaried and 200 production workers were employed by the company. Packers were experiencing dizziness, nausea, tingling lips, headaches, and depression. These problems had been attributed to odors in the workplace. Three employees had abnormal neurologic examinations and two others had reported abnormal urine iodine-azide tests. Current testing did not reveal any employees with 2- thiothiazolidine-4-carboxylic-acid (TTCA) in their urine, indicating that workers were not exposed to more than 0.5ppm carbon-disulfide (75150) (CS2). No personal breathing or area air sampling tests showed CS2 contamination above acceptable levels. No excess of reported cancers was noted following a standardized morbidity ratio analysis compared to the general population of the United States. Detectable levels of nitrosamines were not found. According to the authors, the etiology of medical problems experienced by workers could not be definitively determined. The authors recommend measures to lower potential hazardous exposures at this site.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-212-2020; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-4; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Sulfides; Nitroso-compounds; Amines; Organic-vapors;
CAS No.
75-15-0
Publication Date
19900301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-104604
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-89-212-2020
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2822
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TN; OH
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