Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-208-2275, Morgan Shirt Company, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 92-208-2275, 1992 Nov; :1-15
In response to a request from the management of the Morgan Shirt Company (SIC-2321), Morgantown, West Virginia, an investigation was made into potential respiratory effects as a result of handling and processing an imported fabric. Employees had noticed a vinegar type odor in their building, followed by respiratory symptoms when they started marking and cutting new fabric which had recently been received from India. Detector tube samples were collected and analyzed for acetic-acid (64197) and fabric samples were analyzed for latent volatile organics. Environmental samples were also collected for dust, fibers, temperature, humidity, and noise in three areas of the facility, the cutting room, and the first and second levels of the main building. The acetic-acid concentration in the detector tubes indicated less than 5 parts per million (ppm) acetic-acid concentrations. Fabric samples indicated trace quantities of acetic-acid and high molecular weight aldehydes. The latter were present only when the material was heated to 212 degrees- F. Total nuisance dust levels were below the limit allowed. Noise level monitoring indicated no excess levels of noise exposure. The authors conclude that no overexposures to acetic-acid, nuisance particulates or hazardous noise were identified during the survey.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-208-2275; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Dust-exposure; Textiles-industry; Noise-exposure;
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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