HHE Report No. HETA-89-126-2057, Hagaman Finishing, Hagaman, New York.
Fajen-JM; Hills-B; Calvert-GM
NIOSH 1990 Jul:32 pages
In response to a request from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, an investigation was conducted at Hagaman Finishing (SIC-3111), Hagaman, New York, to evaluate exposures to hazardous chemicals. The facility was engaged in finishing tanned cow, sheep, goat and lamb hides and skins. The major components found in the air included triethylamine (121448), cellosolve (110805), butyl- cellosolve-acetate (112072), 2-propoxyethanol (2807309), methyl- isoamyl-ketone (110123), 2-ethylhexyl-acetate (103093), isoamyl- acetate (123513), methylisobutyl-ketone (108101), toluene (108883), and diacetone-alcohol (123422). With the exception of one personal sample of chromium (7440473), all the analytical results were below the current OSHA permissible exposure limits. In the finishing department, asbestos (1332214) was found in the insulation material around the dryers. Dimethylformamide was no longer used at this tannery and was not detected in any of the samples. The authors conclude that a hazard did not exist from solvent exposure; however, there was a potential health hazard from exposure to asbestos. The authors recommend the development of an asbestos abatement program, and a medical surveillance program for testicular cancer.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-126-2057; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Leather-workers; Tanning-industry; Occupational-exposure;
121-44-8; 110-80-5; 112-07-2; 2807-30-9; 110-12-3; 103-09-3; 123-51-3; 108-10-1; 108-88-3; 123-42-2; 7440-47-3; 1332-21-4;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-89-126-2057, 32 pages, 25 references