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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0001-2679, Caterpillar Inc., York, Pennsylvania.
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 95-0001-2679, 1998 Mar; :1-46
In October 1994, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at Caterpillar Inc., in York, Pennsylvania. The requestor noted concerns about the possible relationship between cadmium exposures in the brazing area of the oil cooler department (OCD) and sexual dysfunction among five long-term workers in the area. At the time of the HHE request, managers and newly hired workers continued production while most long-term employees were on strike. In May 1995, while the strike continued, NIOSH investigators met with a group of OCD workers at the local union hall. In May 1996, after the strike ended, NIOSH investigators visited the Caterpillar facility to review medical records and Caterpillar environmental and biological monitoring data, conduct a walk-through survey and interview employees, and perform air sampling for airborne metals and fluorides. A return visit was made in August 1996, to conduct biological monitoring for urine cadmium in current and former OCD workers.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Brazing; Cadmium; Exposure; Sexual-dysfunction; Medical-records; Air-sampling; Metals; Fluorides; Silver; Copper; Zinc; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: Manufacturing of construction machinery and equipment; cadmium; fluorides; silver; copper; zinc; sexual function; testosterone; erectile dysfunction; biological monitoring; urine cadmium; brazing; soldering
7440-50-8; 7440-66-6; 7440-22-4; 7440-43-9
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