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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-261-2124, Rubbermaid, Inc., Reynolds, Indiana.
Barsan-ME; Kinnes-GM; Blade-L
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 90-261-2124, 1991 Jun; :1-29
In response to a request from a management representative of Rubbermaid, Inc. (SIC-3089), Reynolds, Indiana, an investigation was undertaken of potential exposures to styrene (100425), formaldehyde (50000), and dust at the facility. The facility employed about 150 workers in the production areas manufacturing thermoset plastic cookware products. The highest potential for exposure to airborne styrene was in the compounding department where styrene containing polyester resins are used. Two short term styrene exposures were measured at 186 and 142 parts per million (ppm), which exceeded the NIOSH and OSHA short term limits of 100ppm. Seven area samples collected in the pressroom for formaldehyde ranged from 0.5 to 1.0ppm. Two and a half hour personal breathing zone samples for total dust showed a 31mg/m3 result. At a second follow up study the airborne styrene concentration peaked at 7.6ppm. The authors conclude that short-term exposures to styrene and full shift exposures to formaldehyde were potentially hazardous to workers. The authors recommend the use of personal protective equipment and ventilation systems to reduce exposures.
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