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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-127-1434, Ladish Malting Company, Jefferson Junction, Wisconsin.
Daniels-W; Orris-P; Kramkowski-RS
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 83-127-1434, 1984 Mar; :1-13
In response to a request from the Brewers and Maltsters, Local Union 53, an evaluation was undertaken of possible health hazards causing symptoms of respiratory irritation, fatigue, and neurological problems among employees in the quality control laboratory at the Ladish Malting Company (SIC-2084), Jefferson Junction, Wisconsin. The company malted barley for use in beer. Of the 41 employees known to have worked in the laboratory since 1970, 25 completed a questionnaire. Questionnaires were also completed by 29 (81%) of the current employees working in other areas of the facility. No detectable levels were found of sulfur-dioxide (7446095), sulfuric- acid (7664939), selenium (7782492), or 2,4-dinitrophenol (573568). Trace levels of mercury (7439976) were detected in four samples during a short, infrequently conducted, process. Low levels of total dust were detected in four samples, averaging 0.22mg/m3. The authors conclude that no occupationally related health problem was identified among these employees. The authors offer recommendations which related to laboratory operations and operations elsewhere in the facility.
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