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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-96-0093-2685, Microfibres, Inc. Pawtucket, RI.

Authors
Washko-R; Burkhart-J; Piacitelli-C
Source
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-96-0093-2685, , 1998 Apr; :1-86
NIOSHTIC No.
20000471
Abstract
On February 28, 1996, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the management of Microfibres, Inc. to investigate the occurrence of two cases of what was initially thought to be hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP)-a type of interstitial lung disease (ILD)-among employees as its plant in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This request was made at the urging of a local occupational medicine physician, who had clinically evaluated the patients and suggested a connection between this lung disease and exposure to air contaminants at the plant. This plant dyes, finishes, and cuts nylon (and some polyester) continuous fiber to produce flock and also applies the nylon flock to a backing fabric to produce flock-coating upholstery fabric, some of which is screen printed, embossed, or otherwise finished. The plant employs approximately 170 individuals, many of whom work substantial overtime. Following a walk-through inspection, NIOSH industrial hygienists conducted initial qualitative air sampling in the plant, followed by more comprehensive work area air sampling throughout the plant to characterize potential exposures to dust, bioaerosols, and gases. Bulk samples were also collected for microbial analysis.
Keywords
Dust-exposure; Fabrics; Respiratory-irritants; Endotoxins; Lung-fibrosis; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-5
CAS No.
50-00-0; 140-88-5; 105-37-3; 141-78-6; 57-55-6; 108-88-3; 67-56-1; 64-17-5; 67-63-0; 111-76-2; 67-64-1; 554-12-1; 105-54-4
Publication Date
19980401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-152357
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
HETA-96-0093-2685
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
2299
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; RI
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