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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0158-2369, Olympic Packaging Inc., Madison, Wisconsin.

Buchta TM; Tepper A
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 92-0158-2369, 1993 Nov; :1-22
In response to a request from the United Paperworkers International Union, Local 1202, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the Olympic Packaging facility (SIC- 2657) located in Madison, Wisconsin. The request concerned exposure to chemicals and starch dust used at the site, and respiratory symptoms experienced by the workers. The company manufactured printed cartons for consumer goods, employing about 200 persons over three shifts. Workers reported symptoms including dry or irritated eyes, stuffy nose, sinus congestion, dry or irritated throat, cough and dry skin. Air sampling indicated that individual chemical concentrations were significantly below the allowed limits. However, there was the potential for over exposure to organic solvents in the rotogravure department on days when the press persons spent a major portion of the workshift in this room. Several safety hazards were identified, including inadequate eye and skin protection, and failure to meet the OSHA requirements for respiratory protection and hazard communication programs. The authors conclude that workers were exposed to potentially hazardous concentrations of organic solvents in the rotogravure department. The authors recommend specific measures to reduce worker exposures.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0158-2369; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Printing-industry; Organic-solvents; Airborne-particles; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: Folding paperboard boxes including sanitary; ethylene glycol monobutyl ether; EGBE; 2-butoxyethanol; toluene; xylene; n-propyl acetate; 1,1,1-trichloroethane; 1,1,1-TCE; ethyl acetate; methyl isobutyl ketone; MIBK; acetone; isopropanol; starch dust; equivalent exposure criterion
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