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Walk-Through Survey Report at Bona Allen, Inc., Buford, Georgia, Report No. IWS-132-10.
NIOSH 1981 Oct:10 pages
A visit was made to Bona Allen, Inc. (SIC-3111) near Buford, Georgia to conduct an initial survey of a vegetable tannery. The facility started operation in 1873 and was family owned and operated until 1968. The company employs 130 workers. The company processed native steer hides, and a few cow hides. Hides were preserved by brine curing before arriving at the tannery. The firm manufactures predominately two types of finished leather, strap and skirting leather, both of which are vegetable tanned. The potential existed for worker exposure to a number of chemical substances and physical agents in the working environment. A few compounds with distinctive odors such as ammonia (7664417), hydrogen-sulfide (7783064), and acids were present on the day of the survey. Direct skin contact was minimized by the use of protective clothing. Inhalation of dusts was minimized by the use of NIOSH approved respirators. Worker exposure to excessive heat was minimized by not requiring any workers to be in the drying area on a full time basis. The authors recommend that measurements of potential exposures should be made to determine the efficiency of the current control techniques in use. The source of the hydrogen-sulfide odor should be determined, and efforts should be made to control it due to the disaster potential of hydrogen-sulfide.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-132-10; Region-4; Tanning-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-exposure; Toxic-gases;
NTIS Accession No.
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches;
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-132-10, 10 pages, 10 references
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