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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0293-2559, Fanelli Boys and Associates, Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Canham M; Kullman G; Knutti E
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 94-0293-2559, 1996 Feb; :1-18
In response to a confidential request, an investigation was begun into possible hazardous working conditions at Fanelli Boys and Associates (SIC-3861), Parkersburg, West Virginia. Chest pain, eye irritation, skin rash, nasal problems, and deposits of black dust in the nose and mouth had been reported. The company reinked ribbons and cartridges for dot matrix and ink jet printers, and recycled toner cartridges for laser printers. Four individuals were employed at the company. Volatile organic compounds measured at quantifiable concentrations in the air included isopropanol (67630), toluene (108883), and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (71556). The levels were below any existing standards. Formaldehyde (50000) was found at approximately 0.5 parts per million (ppm). NIOSH has recommended that formaldehyde levels be reduced to the lowest feasible limit. The authors conclude that a potential hazard existed from exposure to thermal decomposition products related to melting holes in toner cartridges. The authors recommend that measures be instituted to reduce exposures to dusts and solvents from cartridge recycling and ribbon inking.
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