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