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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0162-2536, RCA Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio.

Authors
Burkhart-JE
Source
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 95-0162-2536, 1995 Oct; :1-30
NIOSHTIC No.
00230300
Abstract
In response to a request from management, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at the RCA Rubber Company (SIC-3069), Akron, Ohio. Concern was expressed regarding the exposure of press operators and millmen to N-nitroso compounds and dusts which were generated while rubber flooring was being manufactured. Of the approximately 200 workers employed by RCA, about 60 were in jobs with the potential for exposure to nitrosamines and dusts. The production workers were tested for personal breathing zone contamination, and area workplace samples were also collected for nitrosamines, respirable dusts, elemental metals, formaldehyde (50000), carbon-monoxide (630080) and sulfur- dioxide (7446095). Only N-nitrosopiperidine (100754) was detected in the samples collected, and the concentrations were low in the samples where it appeared. Respirable dust levels ranged from 0.03 to 3.17mg/m3. In an analysis of 12 work area samples, only trace quantities of metals were detected. The authors conclude that, due to the findings of this study, the mandatory use of respiratory protection by mixing and press personnel should be reviewed by company officials. The continued use of dust respirators was recommended for three areas of the facility until engineering controls could be implemented.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0162-2536; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Dust-exposure; Metal-dusts; Nitroso-compounds; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Author Keywords: rubber; flooring; nitrosamines; dust; crystalline silica; elemental metals; formaldehyde; carbon monoxide; sulfur dioxide; Banbury Mixer
CAS No.
50-00-0; 630-08-0; 7446-09-5; 100-75-4
Publication Date
19951001
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-191812
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-95-0162-2536
NIOSH Division
DRDS; DSHEFS
SIC Code
3069
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; WV
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