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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0298-2499, Gen Corp Automotive, Wabash, Indiana.
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 94-0298-2499, 1995 Apr; :1-18
In response to a request from United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum, and Plastic Workers of America, Local 626, an investigation of possible exposures to nitrosamines in the salt bath area was conducted at Gen Corp Automotive (SIC-3061), Wabash, Indiana. The facility employed about 800 workers in the production of automotive vibration control and vehicle sealing products. Environmental studies indicated that workers in the tube room and in the press room were exposed to nitrosodimethylamine (55185) (NDMA). Workers were also exposed to 1,1,1-trichloroethylene (79016), but its use was to be eliminated in 1995. A new glove policy was instituted which should also lessen the risk of exposure. Some workers were potentially exposed to noise levels above the OSHA action level of 85 decibels-A. The authors conclude that workers were exposed to NDMA in the tube room and the press room. Work needs to be done on the ventilation system both from a general design standpoint and maintenance standpoint. A thorough noise survey is needed and a complete hearing conservation program must be implemented in the areas where noise levels exceed 85 decibels-A.
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