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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-1084-2500, Reliance Electric, Madison, Indiana.
Robinson JN; Echt A
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 93-1084-2500, 1995 Apr; :1-40
In response to a request from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, an investigation was begun into cancer among workers at Reliance Electric (SIC-3621), Madison, Indiana. The facility manufactured electric motors, employing about 430 workers. Of 77 suspected cancer cases, 45 were verified. An excess in cases of melanoma and pancreatic cancer was identified. After interviewing 43 employees, the most frequently reported symptoms included eye, nose and throat irritation along with headaches. A number of back injuries and disorders were attributable to repetitive trauma. General area air sampling for formaldehyde (50000) revealed exposure which ranged from a trace concentration to 0.017 parts per million measured in a sample collected on the table by the scratch brush in the Winding area. Titanium-dioxide (13463677) measured in personal breathing zone samples on painters and the rotor cast operator ranged up to 0.003mg/m3. The authors conclude that it is unlikely that the melanoma and pancreatic cancer cases could be attributed to the work environment. There was an elevated risk of musculoskeletal disorders in Winding workers due to repetitive trauma and back injuries.
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