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Plant observation report and evaluation, Malden Mills, Inc.
NIOSH 1981 Feb; :1-95
Malden Mills, Inc., Lawrence, Massachusetts was the site of an occupational health and safety survey. The facility had four divisions: fur, flock, cloth, and woven. Operations included dyeing, finishing, blending, carding, and knitting. The Malden Mills facility produced about 1 million yards of finished piece goods per week, and employed 2,338 workers of whom 1,930 were hourly. Management had demonstrated support for a projected safety and health program at the site. The company has a sound level meter and appropriate calibrator and readings have been taken in the past, but not on a regular basis. When accidents occurred they were reviewed by a supervisor to prevent recurrence. All lost time accidents were reviewed. A general practitioner was available on a part time basis. Each employee received a preplacement physical examination, including urinalysis and pulmonary function tests. A survey of operations was carried out and specific observations were reported. These observations pertained to canopy hoods of the ventilation system, guarding of guillotine cutters, dust in the bagging area, sound levels, fluorocarbon vapors in the air, unguarded equipment, ammonia like odors, lack of personal protective equipment for those involved in weighing and transferring dye powders, and possible exposure to acid mists.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-79-0001; Textiles-industry; Dyeing-industry; Textile-workers; Industrial-hygiene; Acid-mists; Ventilation-systems; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-exposure
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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