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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0331-2535, Cackle Corners, Valliant, Oklahoma.
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 94-0331-2535, 1995 Oct; :1-10
A request was made for a health hazard evaluation at Cackle Corners (SIC-0251), a chicken farm located in Valliant, Oklahoma. The concern was raised due to the recent addition of 3-Nitro to poultry feed. The active ingredient in the compound was roxarsone (121197). Area air sampling was conducted at three to five different locations in each of the four chicken houses at the site during chicken catching operations. Fourteen bulk samples were also collected and analyzed for arsenic (7440382) and 27 other elements. The bulk samples included litter samples, rafter dust samples, compost samples, and feed samples. The chickens were fed roxarsone free feed for at least 5 days prior to being caught and transported for processing. None of the area air samples revealed any arsenic. The amount of duct collected on the 17 particulate filters ranged from 300 to 530 micrograms. Each of the four litter samples and the rafter sample from house number one contained a trace concentration of arsenic. The author concludes that there was essentially no risk to the health of the chicken handlers due to the addition of organic arsenic as roxarsone to poultry feed. The author recommends that respirators be used to protect poultry workers from other known exposures in chicken houses.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0331-2535; Region-6; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Respiratory-system-disorders; Poultry-industry; Arsenic-compounds; Air-quality-monitoring; Dust-exposure; Author Keywords: chicken farms; agriculture; chickens; organic arsenic; poultry growers; roxarsone; 3-nitro-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid
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