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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0096-2433, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville, Florida, Miami, Florida.
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 94-0096-2433, 1994 Jun; :1-20
In response to a request from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, an evaluation was begun into possible hazardous conditions at the Fruit Fly Detection Program (SIC-9641), Gainesville and Miami, Florida. The concern was centered around the exposure to the pesticide Dibrom (300765), and to attractants used as baits in fruit fly traps. A study was made of the fruit fly trapping procedures and the handling of Dibrom. Personal breathing zone air samples were collected during the preparation and servicing of the traps. Measurable amounts of Dibrom were not found in any of the personal breathing zone air samples. Dibrom was found on the glove monitors of all six workers who wore the glove monitor on the outside of their latex gloves, indicating that skin contact was indeed possible. No Dibrom was detected on the glove monitors underneath the latex gloves. The containers used for baiting wicks were not sealed properly, and were a potential source of skin contamination. The ventilation system used during the preparation of Dibrom/attractant mixtures was not adequate. The worker preparing the mixtures wore a half mask air purifying respirator, but he had a beard, and there was no established respiratory protection program. The authors conclude that no measurable inhalation exposures were found, but there was a potential for skin contact. The authors recommend that disposable gloves be used, that improvements be made in the ventilation system, and that a respiratory protection program be instituted.
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