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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0190-2474, Gen Corp Automotive, Logansport, Indiana.
Reh BD; Krake AM
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 94-0190-2474, 1994 Dec; :1-13
In response to a request from the United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum, and Plastic Workers of America, an investigation was conducted into possible hazardous working conditions in department 634, Gen Corp Automotive (SIC-3061), Logansport, Indiana. Workers had reported skin problems and reproductive problems, and had expressed concern about exposure to solvents and nitrosamines. The company employed 512 workers in the production of automotive vibration control products from rubber stock and metal parts. Air quality samples taken during the study indicated that there was no significant acute hazard from inhaling organic solvent vapors in this work area. No exposures to nitrosamines or lead were detected. Possibly work related dermatitis and urticaria were reported by four workers. Many of the rubber components and the adhesives and elastomers used in the department have been known to cause irritant or allergic reactions. The authors conclude that solvent exposures were well below recommended standards at the time of the survey. Some employees could be experiencing irritant or allergic reactions. The authors recommend that chemical exposures be reduced and the improvements be made in worker education and communication, and management of worker skin problems.
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