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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-97-0111-2647, Ingersoll-Rand Company, Von Duprin Division, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Burton NC; Navarrete-Contreras A
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 97-0111-2647, 1997 Aug; :1-15
In response to a confidential employee request, a health hazard evaluation was conducted at Ingersoll-Rand Company, Von Duprin Division (SIC-3471), Indianapolis, Indiana. The request expressed concern over symptoms including sore throats, skin irritation, and sinus, upper respiratory, and eye irritation. Particular attention was drawn to the Kolene salt bath, used to remove paint. The Division produced hardware for doors. The survey focused on the plating/painting areas where 36 workers work on three shifts. Sodium-hydroxide (1310732) concentrations were all lower than the minimum quantifiable concentration of 0.080mg/m3. Air concentrations of hydrochloric-acid (7647010), nitric-acid (7697372), and sulfuric-acid (7664939) were all below acceptable levels. No detectable amounts of hydrofluoric-acid (7664393), phosphoric-acid (7664382), and hydrobromic-acid (10035106) were noted. Air concentrations of metals were low. Several workers smoked in different areas of the facility. The humidity in the particular department of concern was 17%. Six of ten workers interviewed reported a history of health problems which they felt were job related, including skin, eye, and upper respiratory tract irritation. The authors conclude that reported symptoms could be related to low levels of air contaminants, tobacco smoke, or low relative humidity.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-97-0111-2647; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Electroplating; Skin-irritants; Respiratory-irritants; Acid-mists; Cigarette-smoking; Eye-irritants; Electroplaters; Author Keywords: Electroplating, plating, polishing, anodizing, and coloring; Kolene salt bath; sodium hydroxide; hydrochloric acid; nitric acid; sulfuric acid; metals; environmental tobacco smoke; ETS; eye irritation; skin irritation; respiratory irritation
1310-73-2; 7647-01-0; 7697-37-2; 7664-93-9; 7664-39-3; 7664-38-2; 10035-10-6
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