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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0863-2378, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C.

Authors
Burton-NC; Tubbs-RL
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 93-0863-2378, 1994 Jan; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
00219205
Abstract
In response to a request from the management of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (SIC-2759), Washington, DC, an investigation was begun into worker exposures to noise at the print shop of the facility. The print shop employed four workers. The equipment used in the shop included two offset presses, a camera with automatic developer, a paper folding machine, a collator/stapler, and a shrink wrap machine. The machines rested on vibration isolators. Employees wore ear plugs or ear muffs. For the five full shift samples taken, the range was 56.7 to 78 decibels. All were below the OSHA permissible exposure limit of 90 decibels-A. Work practices and engineering control measures were evaluated in response to worker concerns about chemicals used in the print shop. A sample was taken of the polyethylene shrink wrap, and it was observed that it gave off a variety of compounds on heating, primarily acetic-acid (64197), which could irritate mucous membranes. The authors conclude that workers were not over exposed to noise in the print shop. The authors recommend that improvements be made in ventilation and employee safety.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0863-2378; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Printing-industry; Printers; Noise-exposure; Noise-control; Organic-vapors; Plastic-films;
CAS No.
64-19-7
Publication Date
19940101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-173309
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-93-0863-2378
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2759
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA; OH
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