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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-382-2058, Beacon Bowl, Barstow, California.
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 88-382-2058, 1990 Aug; :1-10
In response to a request from the general manager of Beacon Bowl (SIC-7933), Barstow, California, an investigation was made of possible hazardous working conditions existing at the bowling alley. The alley used an additive in its lane oil as required by the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Conference to ensure their certification and thus be eligible to host sanctioned leagues and championships. The additive contained 2,2'-(2,5-thiophenediyl)-bis-(5-tert-butylbenzoxazole) (Uvitex) a fluorescent whitening agent. Workers and bowlers were interviewed, and administered a questionnaire; skin patch tests were administered, and the skin of affected workers was examined. While it is possible that some persons may be sensitive to the chemical and therefore develop skin reactions, no evidence for such an occurrence was noted during this investigation. Six of the 24 employees reported skin rashes which they believed to be work related. Of the 24 individuals who underwent skin patch testing, none reacted to three concentrations of Uvitex. The authors recommend that workers directly exposed to Uvitex and those who develop skin reactions to it, use protective gloves to prevent exposure.
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