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Industrywide studies report of an in-depth survey at the Arrow Shirt Company, Lewistown, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 125-17B, 1984 Dec; :1-54
In part of an attempt to understand the exposure of workers to formaldehyde (50000) during the manufacture of dress shirts, an on site study was made at the Arrow Shirt company (SIC-2321) located in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. The facility consists of one building approximately 96,000 square feet in size. Formaldehyde treated fabric has been processed at this site since 1959. There are approximately 442 to 515 workers at this site. Ninety five percent of them operated sewing machines, automated fusing machines, or were maintenance, warehouse or pattern cutting personnel. Formaldehyde off gassing from the treated fabric attained an average facility wide level of about 0.15ppm which was maintained by the dilution ventilation of this building. Concentrations of formaldehyde varied within the building, but the range of this variation appeared to be very low. The exposure levels of formaldehyde, respirable dust, and organic solvents were below all applicable NIOSH recommended standards, ACGIH Threshold Limit Values, and OSHA standards. Measurement of noise levels indicated the need for a hearing conservation program. Recommendations for periodic personal monitoring and improved ventilation were presented.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-125-17B; Region-3; Textiles-industry; Textile-workers; Textile-mills; Textile-finishing; Organic-vapors; Occupational-exposure; Aldehydes
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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