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Site visit report, Outboard Marine Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 095-19, 1978 Jun; :1-9
An onsite visit was made to the Outboard Marine Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois to gather information relative to alleged occupational exposure to polychlorinated-biphenyls (1336363) (PCBs) at this location. The facility was the presumed source of PCB contamination of Waukegan Harbor. The facility had used a hydraulic fluid containing PCBs in aluminum die casting equipment. During the tour of the facility, wipe samples were taken from surfaces of machines used in the aluminum die casting operation and bulk samples were taken from the hydraulic system. Bulk samples of hydraulic fluid and wipe samples did not contain PCBs above the level of detection. The facility had been in operation in the same geographic location since at least the late 1930s. Assuming that PCBs were introduced into the die casting machinery in the late 1940s, a good sized population exposed to some level of PCBs for as long as 25 years may be found there, along with a suitable, nonexposed population. However, documentation of previous exposures would be entirely inferential. The author therefore recommends that this site should not be used as part of an epidemiological study.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Environmental-contamination; Metalworking-industry; Metal-workers
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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