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Industrial Hygiene Report: Walkthrough Survey of Toluene at Dr. Scholl Shoe Company, Falmouth, Kentucky.


PB81231359

Publication Date 1979
Personal Author Zerwas, M. A.
Page Count 21
Abstract Occupational exposure to toluene (108883) was determined and the feasibility of a mortality and industrial hygiene study was evaluated at the Dr. Scholl Shoe Company (SIC-314) at Falmouth, Kentucky on December 14, 1978. This facility used toluene (108883) based adhesives, including neoprene (9010984) and urethane (51796) cements, and employed 435 workers. Threshold limit value sniffer measurements were taken near cementers and cleaners and at locations suspected of having high toluene concentrations. Concentrations ranged from 40 to 420 parts per million (ppm) and a background concentration was found almost everywhere. Concentrations of 240 to 600ppm of methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933) were found in the packing department and neoprene concentrations of 80 to 200ppm were found in the heel and arch lift departments. Samples of toluene concentrations collected on Draeger tubes were between 45 and 100ppm. Grab by samples ranged from 23 to 60 milligrams per cubic meter. The author concludes that concentrations of toluene and total hydrocarbons could be higher for 8 hour time weighted averages than those obtained through directly reading instruments and would indicate toluene concentrations at or below 100ppm. However, since this facility began manufacturing in 1970 it is doubtful if records could be obtained from the Cincinnati facility dating back to 1946 and hence it may not be feasible to include this facility in a cohort mortality study.
Keywords
  • Hazardous materials
  • Environmental surveys
  • Toluene
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Chloroprene resins
  • Urethanes
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 314
  • CAS 108-88-3
  • CAS 9010-98-4
  • CAS 51-79-6
  • CAS 78-93-3
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198124
Contract Number
  • PHS-NIOSH-210-76-1062
Industrial Hygiene Report: Walkthrough Survey of Toluene at Dr. Scholl Shoe Company, Falmouth, Kentucky.
Industrial Hygiene Report: Walkthrough Survey of Toluene at Dr. Scholl Shoe Company, Falmouth, Kentucky.
PB81231359

  • Hazardous materials
  • Environmental surveys
  • Toluene
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Chloroprene resins
  • Urethanes
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 314
  • CAS 108-88-3
  • CAS 9010-98-4
  • CAS 51-79-6
  • CAS 78-93-3
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • PHS-NIOSH-210-76-1062
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