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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0806-2412, Philips Display Components Company, Ottawa, Ohio.

Authors
Burr-GA; Driscoll-RJ
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 93-0806-2412, 1994 Apr; :1-20
NIOSHTIC No.
00220121
Abstract
In response to a request from management at the Philips Display Components Company (SIC-3671), Ottawa, Ohio, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at that site. Sore throats, laryngitis and hoarseness had been reported by several workers in the Aluminizing Department. The company employed about 1,800 persons over three shifts to manufacture cathode ray tubes (CRTs); about 100 employees worked in the Aluminizing Department. During the manufacturing process, a thin layer of aluminum was coated to the interior of the glass CRT tube. Commonly reported symptoms among the workers included dry throat, hoarseness, frequent headaches, eye irritation, nasal congestion, and severe fatigue. Personal breathing zone and area air sampling did not reveal harmful levels of any substances. A time weighted average concentration of 0.13 parts per million (ppm) of hydrochloric-acid (7647010) was measured. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. The hydrochloric-acid concentration may cause irritative symptoms in some sensitive persons. The authors recommend that additional sampling be conducted to identify the source of this potential irritant.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0806-2412; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Respiratory-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Assembly-line-workers; Electronics-industry;
CAS No.
7647-01-0
Publication Date
19940401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-193703
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-93-0806-2412
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3671
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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