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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-208-2275, Morgan Shirt Company, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Authors
Burkhart-JE; Rice-E
Source
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
NIOSHTIC No.
00213712
Abstract
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.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-208-2275; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Dust-exposure; Textiles-industry; Noise-exposure;
CAS No.
64-19-7
Publication Date
19921101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-215069
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-208-2275
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2321
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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