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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-172-2076, Bussmann/Cooper Industries, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
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 90-172-2076, 1990 Oct; :1-17
In response to a request from a management representative of Bussmann/Cooper Industries (SIC-3613), Elizabethtown, Kentucky, a study was undertaken of exposures to emissions from heated polyvinyl- chloride (9002862) film in a blister pack machine. Workers in adjacent areas had experienced chronic symptoms, including skin rashes, respiratory irritation, and throat inflammation. This facility manufactured fuses for automotive and other applications. Medical interviews, and air sampling were conducted at the facility. A walkthrough survey indicated that there was a potential for entrainment of blister pack machine exhaust into an air handling unit for adjacent work areas. The authors conclude that there was insufficient control of the blister pack machine exhaust containing hydrogen-chloride (7647010), and that perchloroethylene (127184) and methylene-chloride (75092) were used in areas without local exhaust ventilation. The authors recommend controlling exhaust emissions and product substitution with less hazardous cleaning solvents.
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