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Title: Health hazard evaluation report HETA 85-048, 04901658, Lausen Engine Division, New Holstein, Wisconsin

Walk-through evaluations, employee interviews, and an environmental survey were conducted at the Lausen Engine Division, New Holstein, Wisconsin. The evaluations were conducted in response to two separate requests concerning employee exposure to formaldehyde and phenol vapors during the assembly of brake pads in the subassembly Department, and exposure to dusts during the grinding, cutting, and drilling of engine parts at the Cam Line. Personal breathing samples for formaldehyde were below the analytical limit of detection 2 milligrams per sample. General air samples showed trace levels of phenol, 0.025 parts per million (ppm) and 0.042ppm. OSHA permissible exposure limit for phenol is 5ppm. Personal samples at the Cam Line showed time-weighted average concentrations for total and respirable particulates ranging from 0.78 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m/sup 3/) to 1.89 mg/m/sup 3/ and from 0.15 to 0.43 mg/m/sup 3/, respectively. OSHA permissible exposure limit for respirable particulate is 15.0 mg/m/sup 3/. The author concluded that no hazard exists at the time. It is recommended that curing and gluing oven temperatures be below 550/sup 0/-F, increased efforts be made to alleviate dermatitis problems should they arise, employees be encouraged to avoid skin contact with lubricating fluids, good personal hygiene be encouraged, and incidencesmore » of carpal tunnel syndrome and other ergonomic hazards be investigated.« less
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5044330
Report Number(s):
PB-86-221603/XAB; HETA-85-048/049-1658
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; INDOOR AIR POLLUTION; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; FORMALDEHYDE; INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE; INSPECTION; NIOSH; TOXICITY; AIR POLLUTION; ALDEHYDES; INDUSTRY; MATERIALS; MEDICINE; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION; SAFETY; US ORGANIZATIONS 500200* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989); 552000 -- Public Health