Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0354-2497, Brown Produce Company, Farina, Illinois.
Berardinelli-S Jr.; Jennison-E
Morgantown, WV: 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 92-0354-2497, 1995 Mar; :1-35
In response to a request for technical assistance from OSHA, an investigation was begun into potential occupational asthma in workers at Brown Produce Company (SIC-2017), Farina, Illinois. The company processed two million eggs a day into pasteurized liquid or frozen egg white, egg yolk, and whole egg. Complaints centered around asthma like symptoms, difficulty breathing, wheezing and coughing, and excessive running of the nose. Sampling of the environment revealed ammonia (7664417), carbon-monoxide (630080), and halogen levels all well below occupational exposure criteria. Egg protein concentrations were above those previously reported in the egg processing industry. High prevalences of respiratory symptoms and airway reactivity among employees of the egg transfer and egg breaking rooms were noted. Among breaking room workers, 58% had chronic cough, 67% had chronic phlegm and 50% had wheezing or whistling noises in the chest. The authors conclude that there was an ongoing respiratory hazard at the company. The authors recommend that the following measures be taken: medical evaluation of symptomatic workers, reassigning workers with asthma related to workplace exposure to egg proteins, and avoidance of egg derived vaccines by those with immunoglobulin-E mediated hypersensitivity to eggs.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0354-2497; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Food-processing-workers; Food-processing-industry; Respiratory-system-disorders; Allergic-reactions; Bronchial-asthma;
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health