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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0034-2403, Gray and Company, Hart, Michigan.

Authors
Burr-GA
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 94-0034-2403, 1994 Mar; :1-31
NIOSHTIC No.
00219668
Abstract
In response to a confidential request from employees at Gray and Company (SIC-2064), Hart, Michigan, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at that site. Gray and Company produced candied fruits, fruit cake mixes, maraschino cherries, and chocolate covered cherries. Concern was voiced about the odors from silicone lubricants, hot melt glue, and propane fueled forklift trucks used in the Packaging Area. Employees complained of burning eyes, headaches, sore throat, sinus problems, upset stomach, and dry cough. In the Packaging Area, levels of carbon-dioxide (124389) were consistently below 1,000 parts per million (ppm). Temperature and relative humidity levels were maintained at 70 degrees-F and 50%, respectively. Levels of carbon- monoxide (630080) ranged from 5 to 25ppm. Levels of 1,1,1- trichloroethane (71556), ethyl-acetate (141786), and limonene (138863) were below the respective occupational exposure limits. Air filters were noted to have been installed incorrectly on the environmental control unit. The author concludes that no health hazards were observed which would explain reported health problems. The author recommends that damaged or missing filters be replaced. Cooling coils should be cleaned, and the efficiency of the air filters in the packaging area ventilation unit should be increased.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0034-2403; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Food-processing-industry; Food-processing-workers; Diesel-exhausts; Occupational-exposure;
CAS No.
124-38-9; 630-08-0; 71-55-6; 141-78-6; 138-86-3
Publication Date
19940301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-184272
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-94-0034-2403
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2064
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MI; OH
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