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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-010-2234, Kreisler Industrial Corporation, Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
Kiefer M; Gelperin K
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 92-010-2234, 1992 Jul; :1-38
In response to a request from 16 former employees of the Kreisler Industrial Corporation (SIC-3498) (KIC), Elmwood Park, New Jersey, an investigation was undertaken to determine if health problems in some employees were work related. Reported health problems among the workers included occupational asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, heart problems and cancer. KIC was a custom machine shop servicing the aircraft engine industry. The company employed 85 workers with 50 directly involved in production or quality control. Monitoring results indicated that all contaminants sampled were below NIOSH recommended exposure limits (PELs). The highest solvent vapor concentration detected was 8 parts per million (ppm) for 1,1,1- trichloroethane (71556) (TCE) for the cleaning operator. The highest inorganic acid concentration detected was 0.15ppm of nitric- acid (7697372). Mineral-oil mist concentrations of 0.9 and dust contamination in the cleaning, deburring, and assembly departments. Other than eye and respiratory tract irritation, the medical evaluation did not identify employee health problems related to workplace contamination. The authors recommend measures to improve the level of safety and health at the facility.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-010-2234; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-disorders; Eye-irritants; Lung-irritants; Dust-control; Metal-dusts; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: Fabricated Pipe and Pipe Fittings; welding fume; 2-butanone; toluene; xylene; acetone; 1,1,1-trichloroethane; oil mist; metal dust; inorganic acids; sodium hydroxide
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