Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-124-2056, Karg Brothers Tannery, Johnstown, New York.
Fajen JM; Hills B; Calvert GM
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 89-124-2056, 1990 Jul; :1-40
In response to a request from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, an investigation was conducted at the Karg Brothers Tannery (SIC-3111) located in Johnstown, New York to evaluate potential occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals at this site. This tannery was processing deer, elk, and cow hides, and sheep, peccary and carpincho skins. Air samples revealed the presence of diisobutylketone (108838), isoamyl-acetate (123513), amyl-acetate (628637), isobutyl-isobutynate, 2-ethylhexyl-acetate (103093), and methyl-isoamyl-ketone (110123). All measurements were below the required limits. No evidence of dimethylformamide was found at the site. The authors conclude that there did not appear to be a health hazard at this facility at the time of the study due to solvent exposure. The feeder operator was exposed to trivalent chromium (7440473) at levels as high as 2.1mg/m3. The potential for dermal exposure exists due to poor work practices, personal hygiene, and personal protective equipment. The authors recommend measures to control potential exposure.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-124-2056; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Leather-industry; Leather-workers;
Author Keywords: Leather Tanning and Finishing; dimethylformamide; testicular cancer; glycol ethers; lead; cancer clusters
108-83-8; 123-51-3; 628-63-7; 103-09-3; 110-12-3; 7440-47-3
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