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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0192-2538, Schlegel Tennessee, Inc., Maryville, Tennessee.
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 95-0192-2538, 1995 Nov; :1-40
In response to a request from the safety engineer at Schlegel Tennessee, Inc. (SIC-3061), Maryville, Tennessee, an investigation was conducted of possible hazardous working conditions at this company. The company produced automotive rubber vehicle sealing. Concern was expressed because workers in the extrusion department had been experiencing symptoms of shortness of breath, dizziness, light headedness, disorientation, headaches, and nausea. In January of 1995 a new coating application was added on one line. Air sampling for nitrosamines and volatile organic compounds was performed in the extrusion department and a symptoms survey questionnaire distributed among the workers there. The sampling revealed very low concentrations of nitrosodimethylamine (62759). The questionnaire data did not reveal any significant relationships between symptoms and extrusion lines. The author concludes that no identifiable exposure problem or complaint area in the facility was found. The author recommends that the company deal with the symptom complaints by implementing a system to monitor symptom reports. These records may be useful in helping the safety officer to target problem areas that might require industrial hygiene monitoring or additional engineering controls.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-95-0192-2538; Region-4; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Air-quality-monitoring; Industrial-factory-workers; Nitrosamines; Author Keywords: Molded, Extruded, and Lathe-Cut Mechanical Rubber Goods; rubber vehicle sealing; rubber automotive parts; extrusion; carbon disulfide; nitrosamines; hydrocarbons
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