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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-91-1185, Dallas Times Herald, Dallas, Texas.
Markel-HL Jr.; Moody-PL
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 80-91-1185, 1982 Sep; :1-9
In response to a confidential request, an evaluation was begun of press room/reel room employee exposures to surfactant and emulsifier products at the Dallas Times Herald (SIC-2711), Dallas, Texas. The newspaper publishing facility was visited to gather information on the substances used in the printing area and to evaluate employee exposure. Medical records were also examined. Half of the 20 workers interviewed had no symptoms. Five reported intermittent runny nose, nasal congestion and/or eye irritation while at work. The remaining five workers had considerable contact with the APAR air washer/demisting system between January 1979 and spring 1980. A peculiar taste in the mouth was described by all five following exposure to the APAR mist. One employee reported progressive ill health from March through December of 1979 including headaches, fatigue, sores in the mouth, chronic eye irritation, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, trembling and staggering, but indicated these stopped following his termination of work with the demist system. The authors conclude that no evidence of methyl-cellulose (9004675) concentrations in excess of recommended levels was found and no evidence of any ethylene-oxide (75218) exposure was found. However, the authors recommend that worker exposures be maintained at the lowest level feasible.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-80-91-1185; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-6; Organic-vapors; Surfactants; Newspapers; Printing-industry; Author Keywords: Newspapers: Publishing, Publishing/Printing; Methyl cellosolve; Ethylene oxide; Surfactants; Emulsifiers; Wet scrubbing systems
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