HHE Report No. HETA-91-181-2307, Haddon Craftsmen, Inc., Scranton, Pennsylvania.
NIOSH 1993 Apr:23 pages
In response to a request, an investigation was begun into possible exposures associated with hot melt glue, shrinkwrap, and foil stamping operations at Haddon Craftsmen, Inc., (SIC-2789), Scranton, Pennsylvania. Worker exposure to carbon-monoxide (630080), noise and paper dust were also of concern. The company was a book bindery, a three story complex employing about 115 workers in the office and 235 in the production of the books. Printing was done off site. Six varieties of hot melt glues were used in nine machines on three floors to produce 100,000 hard cover and 25,000 paperback books daily. None of the measurements taken for total airborne particulate, carbon-monoxide, 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556) and general aldehydes exceeded the recommended limits. Exposures were above recommended limits (lowest feasible level) for acetaldehyde (75070) and formaldehyde (50000). Workers were potentially exposed to noise levels in excess of the OSHA Action Level of 85 decibels-A. Symptoms of upper respiratory irritation were noted in some of the ten employee medical records reviewed. Numerous complaints of repetitive motion trauma were seen in OSHA logs. The authors conclude that there was a potential hazard from acetaldehyde and formaldehyde exposures. The authors recommend that exposures be controlled to the lowest feasible level. Work practices and engineering controls throughout the facility should be improved.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-91-181-2307; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Repetitive-work; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Adhesives; Toxic-gases; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Carcinogens; Noise-exposure;
630-08-0; 71-55-6; 75-07-0; 50-00-0;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-91-181-2307, 23 pages, 16 references