Health Hazard Evaluation Report: HETA-93-0574-2365, Crown, Cork, and Seal Company, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.
The sampling result s did not reveal any exposures above recommended standards. Since skin symptoms appear to be a problem, and many of the chemicals used in t he facilit y are know n skin irritants, recommendations are made regarding the enforcement of the use of protective gloves. Also, since the chemicals in the decorating area are skin and mucous membrane irrit ant s and may become airborne, local exhaust ventilation should be considered in this area. Irritation from the lime dust should be alleviated w hen the local exhaust vent ilation is added to t he ef fluent treatment area. The National Instit ute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a confident ial request for a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) from employees at Crow n, Cork, and Seal in Cincinnati, Ohio. Workers reported skin rashes, burning eyes, and mucous membrane irritations. Some employees w ere also concerned that there might be an elevated number of cancer deaths among their workforce. NIOSH investigators conduct ed a site visit on July 22, 1993. Air samples were collected for lime dust and solvents (n-butanol, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE), isobutanol, and isopropanol) in various w ork areas, employees were interview ed, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 200 Injury and Illness log was reviewed.