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Control of dust from powder dye handling operations.
Wallace ME; Flesch JP
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Sep; 15(9):667
The manual transfer of powder dyes from bulk containers to smaller process containers generates significant amounts of dust. Worker exposure to dye dust through breathing or skin contact can result in adverse health effects such as occupational asthma, eczema, and severe allergic reactions. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes certain dyes as potential occupational carcinogens. Therefore, NIOSH recommends limiting dye dust exposures to the lowest feasible concentrations to prevent these health problems.
Dust exposure; Respiratory irritants; Respiratory system disorders; Bronchial asthma; Allergic reactions; Control technology; Personal protective equipment; Respiratory protection; Respirators; Work practices
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Page last reviewed: April 9, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division