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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-97-0118-2664, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Ilion, New York.

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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 97-0118-2664, 1997 Nov; :1-16
In response to a request from the United Mine Workers of America International Union, a health hazard evaluation was conducted at Remington Arms Company (SIC-3484), Ilion, New York. Machine operators potentially exposed to metalworking fluids (MWFs) had reported having headaches, sore throats, bloody noses, respiratory problems, skin irritation, and rashes. The facility employed about 1,100 workers in the manufacture of firearms. About 450 people work with MWFs. A questionnaire was completed by 946 employees. The most frequently reported symptom was sinus problems, reported by 294; 55 felt their symptoms were work related. Symptoms most likely to be reported as work related included irritation of the eyes, nose or throat, reported as work related by 85. Work related rash or skin irritation was reported by 33. Of 12 bulk samples taken, four yielded fungal groups and ten yielded bacterial growth. The author concludes that, although it is not clear which components of MWFs were associated with respiratory and irritant symptoms, exposure to aerosolized MWF should be minimized. Particular job duties, work materials, machines, or areas of the facility which may be associated with particular health effects should be identified. Improved maintenance of the MWF in specific machines is needed to minimize employee exposure to microbial contaminants.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-97-0118-2664; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Machinists; Metalworking-industry; Metal-workers; Bacteria; Fungi; Eye-irritants; Skin-irritants; Respiratory-irritants; Author Keywords: small arms manufacturing; metalworking fluids; bacteria; fungi; mycobacteria
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